MUSIC AND MORALITY: The Reverend Hugh Haweis and his Music and Morals. A voice from the Victorian
England about the morality of music: ethical effects of musical emotions
Paweł Siechowicz 1 1 - doktorant w Instytucie Muzykologii UW MAeS 2015; 16 (3): ICID: 1186517 Article type: Original article IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
The Reverend Hugh Reginald Haweis with his book Music and Morals received an astounding
popularity in the Victorian England. In his writings, he affirms the moral power
of music, both in temporal and eternal terms, describing carefully its similarity to human
emotions. The link between emotions and music can be found in their formal characteristics. The moral virtue of music is closeness to life when it comes to its emotional content.
The moral sin of music is that it expresses false emotions. What is even more important,
Haweis asserts that the moral power of music depends on the disposition of a composer,
a performer, and a listener. In his considerations one can find a certain ethics outlining the
duties of the three to make the moral power of music serve the good. That is the development
of emotionality and the understanding of feelings in everyday life. The lesson that
we can learn from Haweis today is to think carefully about the conditions that make the
social practice of music serve good.