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Author Horowitz, Joseph, 1948-

Title Moral fire : musical portraits from America's fin de siècle / Joseph Horowitz.

Publication Info. Berkeley : University of California Press, [2012]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.973 HOR    Available
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Description xv, 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Series Roth Family Foundation music in America imprint
Roth Family Foundation music in America imprint.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: Screaming Wagnerites and America's fin de siècle -- Henry Higginson : high culture, high finance, and useful citizenship -- Henry Krehbiel : the German-American transaction -- Laura Holloway Langford : servitude, disquiet, and "the history of womankind" -- Charles Ives : gentility and rebellion -- Summation: Defining an American fin de siècle.
Summary "Joseph Horowitz writes in Moral Fire: "If the Met's screaming Wagnerites standing on chairs (in the 1890s) are unthinkable today, it is partly because we mistrust high feeling. Our children avidly specialize in vicarious forms of electronic interpersonal diversion. Our laptops and televisions ensnare us in a surrogate world that shuns all but facile passions; only Jon Stewart and Bill Maher share moments of moral outrage disguised as comedy." Arguing that the past can prove instructive and inspirational, Horowitz revisits four astonishing personalities--Henry Higginson, Laura Langford, Henry Krehbiel and Charles Ives--whose missionary work in the realm of culture signaled a belief in the fundamental decency of civilized human nature, in the universality of moral values, and in progress toward a kingdom of peace and love."--Publisher's description.
Subject Higginson, Henry Lee, 1834-1919.
Krehbiel, Henry Edward, 1854-1923.
Holloway, Laura C. (Laura Carter), 1848-1930.
Ives, Charles, 1874-1954.
Music -- United States -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Music -- United States -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Music patronage -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Music patronage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Musical criticism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Musical criticism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780520267442 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520267443 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40020742305

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