Moral Fire

Moral Fire

Musical Portraits From America's Fin De Siècle

eBook - 2012
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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: Berkerley : University of California Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780520951860
9780520267442
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (218 pages)
Additional Contributors: ProQuest (Firm)

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