The Romantic Generation
By (author) Charles Rosen
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Romantic Generation by Charles Rosen
Book DescriptionWhat 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, 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674779341
(235mm x 162mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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Freedom and the Arts, Hardback (May 2012)
Is there a moment in history when a work receives its ideal interpretation? Or is perpetual negotiation required to preserve the past and accommodate the present? The freedom of interpretation, Charles Rosen suggests in these sparkling explorations, exists in a delicate balance with fidelity to the identity of the original work.
Music and Sentiment, Paperback (September 2011)
How does a work of music stir the senses, creating feelings of joy, sadness, elation, or nostalgia? This title details the array of stylistic devices and techniques used to represent or convey sentiment. It traces the use of radically changing intensities in the Romantic works of the nineteenth century.
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Author Biography - Charles Rosen
Charles Rosen is a pianist and Professor Emeritus of Music and Social Thought at the University of Chicago.
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