The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Volume 1

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Music - 533 pages
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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.
 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Preface to the First Edition
xi
Acknowledgments
xxvii
THE MUSICAL LANGUAGE OF THE LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
19
THEORIES OF FORM
30
THE ORIGINS OF THE STYLE
43
THE CLASSICAL STYLE
53
STRUCTURE AND ORNAMENT
99
STRING QUARTET
111
ing ritornelto 197 Concerto in E flat K 27I 198 Piano exposition
207
STRING QUINTET
264
of classical finale 274 Major ending to a work in the minor 276
286
THE POPULAR STYLE
329
PIANO TRIO
351
CHURCH Music
366
BEETHOVEN
379
BEETHOVENS LATER YEARS AND THE CONVENTIONS OF His CHILDHOOD
449

SYMPHONY
143
SERIOUS OPERA
164
Problematic status of opera seria 166 Conventions of opera seria
171
Music and the aesthetic of expression 173 Words and music173 Gluck
183

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Charles Rosen is an internationally respected pianist. A pupil of Moriz Rosenthal, he has performed and recorded a wide repertoire from Bach to Pierre Boulez.

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