Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

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A greatly expanded edition of the National Book Award-winning masterpiece by a world-class pianist and writer on music.
This outstanding book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is 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, now available in paperback for the first ...

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Overview

A greatly expanded edition of the National Book Award-winning masterpiece by a world-class pianist and writer on music.
This outstanding book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is 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, now available in paperback for the first time, Rosen has provided a new, 64-page chapter on the later years of Beethoven and the musical conventions he inherited from Haydn and Mozart. The author has also written an extensive new preface in which he responds to other writers who have commented on his ideas.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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
Edward T. Cone
A book for which both musicians and music lovers should be grateful. -- Edward T. Cone, New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393317121
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 202,915
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Rosen, professor of music and social thought at the University of Chicago, has also taught at the State University of New York-Stony Brook and delivered the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. His recitals and other performances have won the highest critical acclaim, as have his books, The Classical Style and The Romantic Generation. When he is not concertizing, Rosen lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
A New Preface
Acknowledgments
Bibliographical Note
Note on the Music Examples
I Introduction
1 The Musical Language of the Late Eighteenth Century 19
2 Theories of Form 30
3 The Origins of the Style 43
II The Classical Style
1 The Coherence of the Musical Language 57
2 Structure and Ornament 99
III Hadyn from 1770 to the Death of Mozart
1 String Quartet 111
2 Symphony 143
IV Serious Opera 164
V Mozart
1 The Concerto 185
2 String Quintet 264
3 Comic Opera 288
VI Haydn after the Death of Mozart
1 The Popular Style 329
2 Piano Trio 351
3 Church Music 366
VII Beethoven
1 Beethoven 379
2 Beethoven's Later Years and the Conventions of His Childhood 449
Epilogue 513
Index of Names and Works 523
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    Recommended Read

    This book is a pleasurable read. It's highly informative and overflowing with information. It's a remarkable analysis of the Classical style period written in an eloquent and engaging manner. It's great for all those who love the study of music and music theory.

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