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The classical style : Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven /
Charles Rosen.
edition
Expanded ed.
imprint
New York : W. W. Norton, 1997.
description
xxx, 533 p. : music + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
ISBN
0393040208
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
New York : W. W. Norton, 1997.
isbn
0393040208
general note
Includes compact disc containing the author's performances of Beethoven piano sonatas: op. 110 in A-flat major, and op. 106 in B-flat major.
local note
SCAR has the music CD numbered CDM 892 which is kept in Slides Room when not on STL.
TRIN copy of CD shelved with audio CDs (CD 6).
catalogue key
1089548
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Charles Rosen, a world-class pianist and renowned writer on music, has taught at The State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Chicago and delivered the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Cambridge and Trinity College, Dublin. His performances and recordings have won the highest critical acclaim, as did his most recent book, The Romantic Generation. When he is not concertizing, Rosen lives in New York City.
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
National Book Awards, USA, 1972 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1997-08:
This is essentially a reprint of Rosen's National Book Award winning volume (CH, May'73). The author has added a new chapter, "Beethoven's Later Years and the Conventions of His Childhood," a new preface in which he responds to the various criticisms the book has garnered over the past quarter century, and a compact disc of his performances of Beethoven's Opp. 106 and 110 piano sonatas. The new chapters, a fascinating examination of Beethoven's retention of conventional compositional procedures in the midst of the innovations of his later years, provides a completely new perspective on his stylistic development and should be the source of much debate among musicologists in years to come. This remains simply the most important book on the classical style in music. Every library and serious student of music should own a copy of this expanded edition. W. E. Grim; Worcester State College
Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-03-15:
The first edition of this book won the 1972 National Book Award and remained available in paperback for more than two decades. For this edition, Rosen adds a 14-page preface answering some of his friendly critics and a 26-page essay on Beethoven‘which includes 44 musical examples, not seen‘that emphasizes the composer's indebtedness to Haydn and Mozart. Otherwise, the text of the original edition remains unchanged. A CD (not heard) of Rosen playing two Beethoven piano sonatas (opp. 106 and 110) is also included. Libraries successful in keeping together the book and CD of Rosen's Romantic Generation (LJ 4/1/95) may want to attempt the same with this set, but once the CD is lost, the price seems high for only two new essays if the older edition is still serviceable.‘Bonnie Jo Dopp, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
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Library Journal, March 1997
Choice, August 1997
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
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.
Main Description
A reissue of a masterpiece by a world-class pianist and top-rank thinkernow expanded and with a compact disc. This outstanding book focusing on the three most-beloved composers of the Vienna School is considered basic to any study of the music from their era. Drawing on his rich experience and intimate familiarity with the works of these giants, Charles Rosen presents his keen insights in language that is clear, persuasive, and nontechnical. For this reissue of The Classical Style, Rosen provides a comprehensive new introduction that incorporates ideas he has formulated in the past twenty-five years and responds to the reactions of others writers to the book during that time. Readers are also treated to a compact disc, recorded by Rosen in 1996 and produced especially to accompany this new version 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 Bb major (the Hammerklavier) and the Opus 110 in C minor.
Table of Contents
Preface to the First Editionp. xi
A New Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
Bibliographical Notep. xxix
Note on the Music Examplesp. xxxi
Introduction
The Musical Language of the Late Eighteenth Centuryp. 19
Theories of Formp. 30
The Origins of the Stylep. 43
The Classical Style
The Coherence of the Musical Languagep. 57
Structure and Ornamentp. 99
Haydn from 1770 to the Death of Mozart
String Quartetp. 111
Symphonyp. 143
Serious Operap. 164
Mozart
The Concertop. 185
String Quintetp. 264
Comic Operap. 288
Haydn After the Death of Mozart
The Popular Stylep. 329
Piano Triop. 351
Church Musicp. 366
Beethoven
Beethovenp. 379
Beethoven's Later Years and the Conventions of His Childhoodp. 449
Epiloguep. 513
Index of Names and Worksp. 523
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