"Consistently fascinating, thought-provoking, and rewarding.
This book should be of great interest to anyone who loves music
and cares about its place in, and meaning to, society."
—Mark Volpe, Managing Director, Boston Symphony Orchestra.
|“A thoroughly engrossing read, a journey to an impassioned time rich in ideas, idealism, and hope for the future.”
(Chester Lane Symphony Now 2012-07-12)
“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 2012-08-30)
“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 2012-09-01)
“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 2012-08-04)
“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.”
(John Robert Brown Classical Music Magazine 2012-09-08)
| Horowitz makes [an] excellent [case] for . . . a reexamination of turn-of-the-century high culture in the US. . . . Recommended.”
(D. A. Wells, California State University, Sacramento Choice 2012-12-01)
“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) 2012-10-26)
(Peter Jacobi Bloomington Herald-Times 2012-12-09)
"Thoughtful and nuanced. . . . We owe a debt of gratitude to Horowitz."
(Alexander H. Shapiro The Wagner Journal 2013-03-01)
“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 2012-10-01)