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The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

No novel worth anything can be anything but a novel ‘with a purpose,’ and if anyone who cared for the moral issue did not see in my work that I care for it, I should have no one to blame but myself.


Edith Wharton, 1908 (Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Excerpts from “At the Opera (Faust Opera),” from “The Age of Innocence Underscore” by Elmer Bernstein (1993), published by New Columbia Pictures Music, Inc. (ASCAP), used courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

Excerpts from Antonín Dvorák's Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 and Violin Sonatina in G major, Op. 100, performed by Qian Zhou (violin) and Edmund Battersby (piano) from Dvorák: Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 (2000), used courtesy of Naxos USA.

Excerpts from Dvorák's Ballad in D minor, Op. 15, No. 1; Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72, No. 10 (arr. Kreisler); and Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 7, performed by Qian Zhou (violin) and Edmund Battersby (piano) from Dvorák: Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2 (2001), used courtesy of Naxos USA.

Excerpts from Beethoven's Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 (Ghost), from Beethoven: Piano Trios, Vol. 3 (1994), performed by the Stuttgart Piano Trio, used courtesy of Naxos USA.

Excerpt from Beethoven's Sonata No. 23 in F minor (Appassionata), performed by Seymour Lipkin, from Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas (2004), used with permission of Newport Classic.

Written and produced by Dan Stone at the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007.

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