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Charles Ives - hard-headed

The American composer Charles Ives was also a successful insurance magnate. Not surprisingly, his hard-headed nature manifested itself in both careers. Ives, for example, once scribbled a curious marginal note on the manuscript of his Violin Sonata No. 3 (1914): "Richy Wagner," it read, "is a soft-bodied sensualist -- pussy!"

[Ives' verdict of Haydn's Surprise Symphony? "Easy music for the sissies."]

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