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The romantic generation

Author: Charles Rosen; Franz Liszt; Frédéric Chopin; Robert Schumann
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rosen, Charles, 1927-
Romantic generation.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)634919137
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Rosen; Franz Liszt; Frédéric Chopin; Robert Schumann
ISBN: 0674779339 9780674779334
OCLC Number: 31710528
Notes: "Based on the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures"--Half title.
Includes index.
Performer(s): Charles Rosen, piano.
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 1995.
Description: xv, 723 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: 1. Music and sound --
2. Fragments --
3. Mountains and song cycles --
4. Formal interlude --
5. Chopin: counterpoint and the narrative forms --
6. Chopin: virtuosity transformed --
7. Chopin: from the miniature genre to the sublime style --
8. Liszt: on creation as performance --
9. Berlioz: liberation from the central European tradition --
10. Mendelssohn and the invention of religious kitsch --
11. Romantic opera: politics, trash, and high art --
12. Schumann: triumph and failure of the romantic ideal.
Responsibility: Charles Rosen.

Abstract:

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.

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