he responds to negligence by contempt

Shortly after Schoenberg died, his widow found this thing he had written about Charles Ives.

“There is a great Man living in this Country – a composer. He has solved the problem how to preserve one’s self-esteem and to learn.  He responds to negligence by contempt. He is not forced to accept praise or blame. His name is Ives.

What do you think this means?

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  1. michael

    I think it means that if you want to write whatever you want to write, and ignore the whims and dictates of the larger musical world into which you’re sending your work, you’re probably going to have to sell life insurance to pay the rent.

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