Moral Fire: Musical Portraits from America's Fin de Siècle

Joseph Horowitz (Author)

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
May 22, 2012
6.33 X 0.91 X 9.14 inches | 1.14 pounds
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About the Author

Joseph Horowitz is the author of Classical Music in America, Artists in Exile, (UC Press), Understanding Toscanini, and Wagner Nights. Previously a New York Times music critic, then Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, he is currently Artistic Director of DC's Post-Classical Ensemble.


"A thoroughly engrossing read, a journey to an impassioned time rich in ideas, idealism, and hope for the future."--Chester Lane"Symphony Now" (07/12/2012)
"Horowitz's prose in "Moral Fire" is graceful and lucid, and his splendid musical analysis of such works as the "Concord" sonata and Ives's evocation of Henry David Thoreau's "silence of the night" are sure to send readers scurrying back to scores and recordings to revisit the works he discusses."--Marion Lignana Rosenberg"Wall Street Journal" (08/30/2012)
"Rich in historical detail, Moral Fire is highly rewarding to musicians and historians, bringing a new understanding to the mis-understood Gilded Age."--Parsons"American Record Guide" (09/01/2012)
"Essential reading for anyone who wants to grasp the distinctive early history of the BSO or the cultural roots of modern-day Boston."--Jeremy Eichler"Boston Globe" (08/04/2012)
"The most recent of Joseph Horowitz's commanding studies of American musical life concentrates on four figures from the turn of the twentieth century whose characters exemplify in distinctive ways the moral fire of his title."--David Matthews"Times Literary Supplement (TLS)" (10/26/2012)
"Fascinating history."--Peter Jacobi"Bloomington Herald-Times" (12/09/2012)
"Horowitz offers a revisionist view of the era--not as a philistine, materialistic 'Gilded Age' but as a time when right-minded individuals felt that they could and should improve the lot of their fellow humans."--Fred Cohn"Opera News" (10/01/2012)
"Today they are all but forgotten, yet Henry Higginson, Henry Krehbiel and Laura Langford were three American figures of astounding accomplishment. . . . Horowtiz's book rightly reminds us of the achievements of these major fin-de-siecle protagonists."-- (09/08/2012)
Horowitz makes [an] excellent [case] for . . . a reexamination of turn-of-the-century high culture in the US. . . . Recommended."-- (12/01/2012)
"Thoughtful and nuanced. . . . We owe a debt of gratitude to Horowitz."-- (03/01/2013)
"Horowitz's study of the Gilded Age makes one hope that, in 2114, historians will look back at the turn of the twenty-first century and find that we have kindled a moral fire of our own."--Journal of the Society for American Music