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Rosen, Charles 1927-2012

Works: 562 works in 1,642 publications in 7 languages and 29,840 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Variations (Music)  Suites  Excerpts  Nocturnes (Music)  Impromptus (Music)  Arrangements (Music)  Interviews  Art music  Symphonies 
Roles: Author, Instrumentalist, Performer, Dedicatee, Editor, Other, Narrator, Interviewee, Honoree, Author of introduction, Commentator, Musician, Speaker
Classifications: M27, 786.4
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Most widely held works by Charles Rosen
The classical style : Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven by Charles Rosen( Book )

98 editions published between 1971 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,617 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 from Haydn and Mozart. Rosen has also written an extensive new preface in which he responds to other writers who have commented on his ideas. Finally, readers are treated to a compact disc, recorded by Rosen in 1996 and produced especially to accompany this new edition of the book. The CD offers complete performances of two late sonatas of Beethoven that are discussed extensively in the text: the Opus 106 in B[flat] major (the Hammerklavier) and the Opus 110 in A[flat] major
The romantic generation by Charles Rosen( Recording )

69 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,106 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 )

54 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,743 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 )

60 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this lucid, revealing book, award-winning pianist and scholar Charles Rosen sheds light on the elusive music of Arnold Schoenberg and his challenge to conventional musical forms. Rosen argues that Schoenberg's music, with its atonality and dissonance, possesses a rare balance of form and emotion, making it the most expressive music ever written. Concise and accessible, this book looks at Schoenberg's ambiguous relation both to the central tradition of Western music and to the complex developments of modernism. Rosen analyzes Schoenberg's expressionist beginnings and how they relate in theory, performance, and musical experience to the system of atonality set forth in the music of Berg, Webern, and Schoenberg himself
Freedom and the arts : essays on music and literature by Charles Rosen( )

15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When twentieth-century scholars transformed Mozart's bland, idealized nineteenth-century image into that of a modern revolutionary expressionist, they paradoxically restored the reputation he had among his eighteenth-century contemporaries. Mozart became once again a complex innovator, challenging to perform and to understand. Drawing on a variety of critical methods, Rosen maintains that listening or reading with intensity - for pleasure - is the one activity indispensable for full appreciation. It allows us to experience multiple possibilities in literature and music, and to avoid recognizing only the revolutionary elements of artistic production. By reviving the sense that works of art have intrinsic merits that bring pleasure, we justify their continuing existence."--Pub. website
Beethoven's piano sonatas : a short companion by Charles Rosen( Book )

32 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,327 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
Romanticism and realism : the mythology of nineteenth-century art by Charles Rosen( Book )

47 editions published between 1966 and 1986 in 5 languages and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music and sentiment by Charles Rosen( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How does a work of music stir the senses, creating feelings of joy, sadness, elation, or nostalgia? Though sentiment and emotion play a vital role in the composition, performance, and appreciation of music, rarely have these elements been fully observed. In this succinct and penetrating book, Charles Rosen draws upon more than a half century as a performer and critic to reveal how composers from Bach to Berg have used sound to represent and communicate emotion in mystifyingly beautiful ways. 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 'correct' 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. Taking examples from Chopin, Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt, he traces the use of radically changing intensities in the Romantic works of the nineteenth century and devotes an entire chapter to the key of C minor. He identifies a 'unity of sentiment' in Baroque music and goes on to contrast it with the 'obsessive sentiments' of later composers including Puccini, Strauss, and Stravinsky. A profound and moving work, Music and Sentiment is an invitation to a greater appreciation of the crafts of composition and performance
Piano notes : the world of the pianist by Charles Rosen( Book )

27 editions published between 1957 and 2015 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Piano Notes, he writes for an audience about an old friend - the piano itself. Drawing upon a lifetime of wisdom and the accumulated lore of many great performers of the past, Rosen shows why the instrument demands such a stark combination of mental and physical prowess. Readers will gather many little-known insights - from how pianists vary their posture, to how splicings and microphone placements can ruin recordings, to how the history of composition was dominated by the piano for two centuries. Stories of many great musicians abound
Romantic poets, critics, and other madmen by Charles Rosen( Book )

14 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and Portuguese and held by 662 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
The frontiers of meaning : three informal lectures on music by Charles Rosen( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and French and held by 621 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 )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 618 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 complete music for piano by Elliott Carter( )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complete works by Anton Webern( Recording )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1991 in 4 languages and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Box contains 3 discs and a booklet
The musical languages of Elliott Carter by Charles Rosen( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serenade in A ; Sonata by Igor Stravinsky( )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2016 and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 437 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
The music of Elliott Carter by Elliott Carter( )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goldberg variations : BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach( )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aria plus 30 variations, BWV. 988
Elliott Carter by Elliott Carter( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The romantic generation
The romantic generationSonata formsArnold SchoenbergBeethoven's piano sonatas : a short companionMusic and sentimentPiano notes : the world of the pianistRomantic poets, critics, and other madmenThe frontiers of meaning : three informal lectures on music
Alternative Names
Charles Rosen

Charles Rosen Amerikaans pianist (1927-2012)

Charles Rosen amerikansk pianist och musikforskare

Charles Rosen pianista, musicologo e scrittore statunitense

Charles Rosen pianiste et musicologue américain

Charles Rosen US-amerikanischer Pianist und Musiktheoretiker

Rosen, Charles, 1927-

Rosen, Charles Welles

Rozen, Čarls

Welles Rosen, Charles

Τσαρλς Ρόζεν

Чарльз Розен

צ'ארלס רוזן

צ'ארלס רוזן מוזיקאי אמריקאי

로젠, 찰스 1927-2012


ローゼン, C

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