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Rosen, Charles 1927-2012

Works: 413 works in 1,277 publications in 6 languages and 24,724 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Catalogs  Interviews  Biography  History 
Roles: Author, Performer, Instrumentalist, Dedicatee, Editor, Narrator, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Honoree, Commentator, Interviewer, Speaker
Classifications: ML195, 780.9033
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The classical style : Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven by Charles Rosen( Book )

74 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This outstanding book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is considered basic to any study of classical-era music. Drawing on his rich experience and intimate familiarity with the works of these giants, Charles Rosen presents his keen insights in clear and persuasive language. For this expanded edition of The Classical Style, Rosen provides an entirely new, 64-page chapter on the later years of Beethoven and the musical conventions he inherited
The romantic generation by Charles Rosen( Book )

62 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What Charles Rosen's celebrated book The Classical Style did for music of the Classical period, this new, much awaited volume brilliantly does for the Romantic era. An exhilarating exploration of the musical language, forms, and styles of the Romantic period, it captures the spirit that enlivened a generation of composers and musicians, and in doing so it conveys the very sense of Romantic music. In readings uniquely informed by his performing experience and amplified by examples on an accompanying CD, Rosen offers consistently acute and thoroughly engaging analyses of works by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Bellini, Liszt, and Berlioz, and he presents a new view of Chopin as a master of polyphony and large-scale form. He adeptly integrates his observations on the music with reflections on the art, literature, drama, and philosophy of the time, and thus shows us the major figures of Romantic music within their intellectual and cultural context. Rosen covers a remarkably broad range of music history and considers the importance to nineteenth-century music of other cultural developments: the art of landscape, a changed approach to the sacred, the literary fragment as a Romantic art form. He sheds new light on the musical sensibilities of each composer, studies the important genres from nocturnes and songs to symphonies and operas, explains musical principles such as the relation between a musical idea and its realization in sound and the interplay between music and text, and traces the origins of musical ideas prevalent in the Romantic period. Rich with striking descriptions and telling analogies, Rosen's overview of Romantic music is an accomplishment without parallel in the literature, a consummate performance by a master pianist and music historian
Sonata forms by Charles Rosen( Book )

43 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his prize-winning book "The Classical Style", Charles Rosen says of sonata form: "[It] is not definite form like a minuet, a da capo aria, or a French overture; it is, like the fugue, a way of writing, a feeling for proportion, direction, and texture rather than a pattern." In the present study, he takes a close look at the subject and it's history, acknowledge the inadequacy of the nineteenth-century definitions and accounting for their formulation. Rosen rejects the established methods of defining form; that is, by using masterpieces as models or by surveying the general practices of a period. Instead, the form is related briefly to the new social conditions it had to face in the eighteenth century and describe in terms of the functions it was expected to fulfill. Rosen carries his study up to the present day, delineating the changes that have occurred along the way. Numerous music examples, ranging from Scarlatti to Bartok, many of considerable length, accompany the text. For this revised edition, the text has been enlarged in several places and entirely new chapter on codas has been added
Arnold Schoenberg by Charles Rosen( Book )

20 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Romanticism and realism : the mythology of nineteenth-century art by Charles Rosen( Book )

32 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in 4 languages and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven's piano sonatas : a short companion by Charles Rosen( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this comprehensive guide, Rosen places Beethoven's sonatas in context and provides an understanding of the formal principles involved in interpreting and performing this unique repertoire. Includes a CD of the author performing extracts from several of the works
Piano notes : the world of the pianist by Charles Rosen( Book )

22 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rosen reveals Nadia Boulanger's favorite way to avoid commenting on the performances of her friends ("You know what I think, " spoken with utmost earnestness), why Glenn Gould's recordings suffer from "double-strike" touches, and how even Vladimir Horowitz became enamored of splicing multiple performances into a single recording. Rosen's explanation of the piano's physical pleasures, demands, and discontents will delight and instruct anyone who has ever sat at a keyboard, as well as everyone who loves to listen to the instrument."--Jacket
Complete works by Anton Webern( Recording )

8 editions published between 1978 and 1991 in 4 languages and held by 734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Box contains 3 discs and a booklet
Romantic poets, critics, and other madmen by Charles Rosen( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and Portuguese and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""What is the real business of the critic?" Rosen asks of George Bernard Shaw in one of his essays. It is a question he answers throughout this collection as he demonstrates and analyzes various critical approaches. In writing about the Romantic poets Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, William Cowper, and Friedrich Holderlin, he examines the kind of criticism which attempts to uncover concealed code. He investigates the relationship between Romantic aesthetic theory and artworks, and explores the way Romantic art criticism has been practiced by critics from Friedrich Schlegel to Walter Benjamin. In essays on Honore de Balzac, Robert Schumann, Gustave Flaubert, and others, he highlights the intersections between Romantic art and music; the artist's separation of life and artistic representations of it; and the significance of the established text."--Jacket
Music and sentiment by Charles Rosen( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through a range of musical examples, Rosen details the array of stylistic devices and techniques used to represent or convey sentiment. This is not, however, a listener's guide to any c̀orrect' response to a particular piece. Instead, Rosen provides the tools and terms with which to appreciate this central aspect of musical aesthetics, and indeed explores the phenomenon of contradictory sentiments embodied in a single motif or melody
The frontiers of meaning : three informal lectures on music by Charles Rosen( Book )

16 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to understand music? What, if anything, does music mean? Composers, performers, listeners, and scholars may answer these questions differently, but what sense of music do they share? When music seems unfamiliar or unlike anything we have heard before, we say we don't "like" it. How is taking pleasure from music related to understanding it? In this lucid and entertaining book, the noted pianist Charles Rosen explores these and other issues as they arise in various musical contexts. Performers' interpretations may be filled with errors, after all, that then become part of a tradition; a composer's work may be variously assessed by his contemporaries (Mr. Rosen gives us an eye-opening account of how Beethoven's towering reputation was established so early); and musical analysis can mislead as well as deepen our understanding of a composition's splendor. In The Frontiers of Meaning Charles Rosen brings to a bold, inspiring study of music - as text, as performance, as listening experience - the insight and bravura elegance for which his own work as a practicing musician is justly famous
Critical entertainments : music old and new by Charles Rosen( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays cover a broad range of musical forms, historical periods, and issues -- from Bach through Brahms to Carter and Schoenberg, from contrapuntal keyboard music to opera, from performance practices to music history as a discipline. They revisit Rosen's favorite subjects and pursue some less familiar paths. They court controversy (with strong opinions about performance on historical instruments, the so-called New Musicology, and the alleged "death" of classical music) and offer enlightenment on subjects as diverse as music dictionaries and the aesthetics of stage fright
The musical languages of Elliott Carter by Charles Rosen( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete music for piano by Elliott Carter( )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freedom and the arts : essays on music and literature by Charles Rosen( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Is there a moment in history when a work receives its ideal interpretation? Or is negotiation always required to preserve the past and accommodate the present? The freedom of interpretation, Charles Rosen suggests in these sparkling explorations of music and literature, exists in a delicate balance with fidelity to the identity of the original work. Rosen cautions us to avoid doctrinaire extremes when approaching art of the past. To understand Shakespeare only as an Elizabethan or Jacobean theatergoer would understand him, or to modernize his plays with no sense of what they bring from his age, deforms the work, making it less ambiguous and inherently less interesting. For a work to remain alive, it must change character over time while preserving a valid witness to its earliest state
The music of Elliott Carter by Elliott Carter( )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schoenberg by Charles Rosen( Book )

32 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Variations for orchestra Double concerto for harpsichord and piano, with two chamber orchestras by Elliott Carter( Recording )

9 editions published in 1968 in 3 languages and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven the sound and the fury( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A profile of Ludwig van Beethoven that examines his great works and historical events that shaped his art
Variations on the canon : essays on music from Bach to Boulez in honor of Charles Rosen on his eightieth birthday by Robert Curry( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charles Rosen, the pianist and man of letters, is perhaps the single most influential writer on music of the past half century. While Rosen's vast range as a writer and performer is encyclopedic, it has focused particularly on the living "canonical" repertory extending from Bach to Boulez. Inspired in its liveliness and variety of critical approaches by Charles Rosen's challenging work, Variations on the Canon offers original essays by some of the world's most eminent musical scholars. Contributors address such issues as style and compositional technique, genre, influence and modeling, and reception history; develop insights afforded by close examination of compositional sketches; and consider what language and metaphors might most meaningfully convey insights into music. However diverse the modes of inquiry, each essay sheds new light on the works of those composers posterity has deemed central to the modern Western musical tradition."--Jacket
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The romantic generation
Alternative Names
Charles Rosen pianista, musicologo e scrittore statunitense

Charles Rosen US-amerikanischer Pianist und Musiktheoretiker

Rosen, Charles Welles

Rozen, Čarls

Welles Rosen, Charles

Τσαρλς Ρόζεν

צ'ארלס רוזן


ローゼン, C

ローゼン, チャールズ

English (320)

Spanish (27)

French (26)

Italian (17)

German (6)

Portuguese (3)

The romantic generationSonata formsArnold SchoenbergBeethoven's piano sonatas : a short companionPiano notes : the world of the pianistRomantic poets, critics, and other madmenMusic and sentimentThe frontiers of meaning : three informal lectures on music