Romantic Generation

ISBN-10: 0674779347

ISBN-13: 9780674779341

Edition: 1995

Authors: Charles Rosen

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What Charles Rosen's celebrated book The Classical Style did for music of the Classical period, this new, much-awaited volume brilliantly does for the Romantic era. An exhilarating exploration of the musical language, forms, and styles of the Romantic period, it captures the spirit that enlivened a generation of composers and musicians, and in doing so it conveys the very sense of Romantic music. In readings uniquely informed by his performing experience, Rosen offers consistently acute and thoroughly engaging analyses of works by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Bellini, Liszt, and Berlioz, and he presents a new view of Chopin as a master of polyphony and large-scale form. He adeptly integrates his observations on the music with reflections on the art, literature, drama, and philosophy of the time, and thus shows us the major figures of Romantic music within their intellectual and cultural context. Rosen covers a remarkably broad range of music history and considers the importance to nineteenth-century music of other cultural developments: the art of landscape, a changed approach to the sacred, the literary fragment as a Romantic art form. He sheds new light on the musical sensibilities of each composer, studies the important genres from nocturnes and songs to symphonies and operas, explains musical principles such as the relation between a musical idea and its realization in sound and the interplay between music and text, and traces the origins of musical ideas prevalent in the Romantic period. Rich with striking descriptions and telling analogies, Rosen's overview of Romantic music is an accomplishment without parallel in the literature, a consummate performance by a master pianist and music historian.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 742
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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.

Music and Sound
Imagining the sound
Romantic paradoxes: the absent melody
Classical and Romantic pedal
Conception and realization
Tone color and structure Fragments
The Fragment as Romantic form
Open and closed
Words and music
The emancipation of musical language
Experimental endings and cyclical forms
Quotations and memories
Absence: the melody suppressed Mountains and Song Cycles
Horn calls
Landscape and music
Landscape and the double time scale
Mountains as ruins
Landscape and memory
Music and memory
Landscape and death: Schubert
The unfinished workings of the past
Song cycles without words Formal Interlude
Four-bar phrases Chopin: Counterpoint and the Narrative Forms
Poetic inspiration and craft
Counterpoint and the single line
Narrative form: the ballade
Changes of mode
Italian opera and J. S. Bach Chopin: Virtuosity Transformed
Keyboard exercises
Virtuosity and decoration (salon music?)
Morbid intensity Chopin: From the Miniature Genre to the Sublime Style
Folk music?
Modal harmony?
Mazurka as Romantic form
The late mazurkas
Freedom and tradition Liszt: On Creation as Performance
Disreputable greatness
Die Lorelei: the distraction of influence
The Sonata: the distraction of respectability
The invention of Romantic piano sound: the Etudes
Conception and realization
The masks of Liszt
Recomposing: Sonnet no. 104
Self-Portrait as Don Juan Berlioz: Liberation from the Central European Tradition
Blind idolaters and perfidious critics
Tradition and eccentricity: the idee fixe
Chord color and counterpoint
Long-range harmony and contrapuntal rhythm: the "Scene d'amour" Mendelssohn and the Invention of Religious Kitsch
Mastering Beethoven
Transforming Classicism
Classical form and modern sensibility
Religion in the concert hall
Romantic Opera: Politics, Trash, and High Art
Politics and melodrama
Popular art
Meyerbeer Schumann: Triumph and Failure of the Romantic Ideal
The irrational
The inspiration of Beethoven and Clara Wieck
The inspiration of E.T.A. Hoffmann
Out of phase
Lyric intensity
Failure and triumph Index of Names and Works
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