Music: Radical from Connecticut

Arnold Schoenberg, himself a revolutionary composer when Ives's music was more respected than played, thought his adopted country was overlooking a native genius. "There is a great man living in this country—a composer. He has solved the problem of how to preserve one's self and to learn. He responds to negligence by contempt. He is not forced to accept praise or blame. His name is Ives."

There are some who now argue that Charles Edward Ives is the finest com poser the U.S. has produced. But back in 1945, when Schoenberg singled him out,...

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