Music: Ives the Innovator

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.

—Arnold Schoenberg, in a note found after his death in 1951

For most of his life, Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954) was known to friends and business associates as a successful insurance executive who also dabbled in composing odd and seemingly unplayable music. He was past 50 in fact before anyone important performed...

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