The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Music - 533 pages
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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.
 

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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

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Contents

Preface to the First Edition
xi
A New Preface
xiii
Acknowledgments
xxvii
Bibliographical Note
xxix
Note on the Music Examples
15
THE MUSICAL LANGUAGE OF THE LATE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
19
THEORIES OF FORM
30
THE ORIGINS OF THE STYLE
43
SERIOUS OPERA
164
THE CONCERTO
185
STRING QUINTET
264
COMIC OPERA
288
THE POPULAR STYLE
329
PIANO TRIO
351
CHURCH MUSIC
366
BEETHOVEN
379

THE COHERENCE OF THE MUSICAL LANGUAGE
57
STRUCTURE AND ORNAMENT
99
STRING QUARTET
111
SYMPHONY
143
BEETHOVENS LATER YEARS AND THE CONVENTIONS OF HIS CHILDHOOD
449
EPILOGUE
513
INDEX OF NAMES AND WORKS
523
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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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