Critical Entertainments: Music Old and New

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Harvard University Press, 2000 - Music - 328 pages
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An extraordinarily gifted musician and writer, Charles Rosen is a peerless commentator on the history and performance of music. Critical Entertainments brings together many of the essays that have established him as one of the most influential and eloquent voices in the field of music in our time.

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. All are unified by Rosen's abiding concerns and incomparable style. In sum, Critical Entertainments is a treasury of the vast learning, wit, and insight that we have come to expect from this remarkable writer. It will delight all music lovers.

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Fans of Rosen will be delighted with this collection of 18 articles, most of which appeared over the past two decades in the New York Review of Books. A consummate pianist who embraces Beethoven and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Aesthetics of Stage Fright
7
The Eighteenth Century
19
Keyboard Music of Bach and Handel
25
The Rediscovering of Haydn
54
Describing Mozart
68
Inventor of Modern Opera
74
Radical Conventional Mozart
85
Brahms the Subversive
146
Classicism and the Inspiration of Awkwardness
162
The Benefits of Authenticity
201
the Old Harvard
222
the New Groves
233
The New Musicology
255
The Possibilities of Disquiet
275
Carters Double Concerto
283

Beethovens Career
105
Brahms
120
Influence Plagiarism and Inspiration
127
The Irrelevance of Serious Music
294
Credits
319
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About the author (2000)

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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