The Romantic Generation

The Romantic Generation 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 m

  • Title: The Romantic Generation
  • Author: Charles Rosen
  • ISBN: 9780674779341
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 veryWhat 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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    1. From the Preface, one can gather that the book is going to be heavy on piano literature. Charles Rosen's, The Romantic Generation focuses almost solely on piano literature. There are passing mentions of Liszt's Faust Symphony, Schumann's Rhenish Symphony and a few others but that is it. Only one chapter is devoted to Opera. I believe that there is more the Romantic Generation than piano compositions.I would say that Rosen's writing towards the final two or three chapters grew a little sloppy, an [...]

    2. Published in 1998, Charles Rosen's "The Romantic Generation" is an extraordinary erudite study of music, its performance, and its cultural history. The study was an outgrowth of lectures Rosen gave at Harvard in 1980-1981 and is a companion volume to Rosen's earlier book, "The Classical Style". Rosen combines deep scholarship and love for music with his gifts as a concert pianist. He is Professor Emeritus of Music and Social Thought at the University of Chicago.The focus of the book is on the gr [...]

    3. This is the third book I've read by Charles Rosen, and my admiration for him is undiminished. His writing is always clear and insightful. I also like that he seems to write from a position of abolute respect for an committment to the music.The Romantic Generation is about the music of the first half of the nineteenth century. Rosen concentrates most heavily on Schumann, Chopin, and Liszt, but he also deals with Mendelssohn and Berlioz as well as touching on opera. This makes the book very wide-r [...]

    4. Charles Rosen is the musical iconoclast’s iconoclast, and he is also a very insightful analyst as well as pianist. Charles Rosen the insightful analyst is in evidence throughout this book, such as the fascinating section showing the influence that the Italian bel canto tradition had on Chopin’s melodic writing. Charles Rosen the iconoclast can be seen and enjoyed in the chapter on Berlioz, where he essentially turns the traditional academic dismissals of Berlioz entirely on its head. And, if [...]

    5. Large parts of the translations from German, French, and Italian are inaccurate (e.g. Rosen translates the German mässig [moderate] with massive). Apart of that interesting ideas and clear argument. For four stars I would have liked a conclusion and a better integration of the historical sources, which were well selected by Rosen though.

    6. Still reading, but full of the most astute insights into music history, music theory, and the science and art of musicianship. For pianists especially, a really enlightened work on the major Romantic composers.

    7. One of the best music books I've read, and I've read a lot. Erudite and deeply wise, this is someone writing about music from the inside. I particularly loved his chapters on Chopin.

    8. One of the very, very best books I've ever read about music. As with much Rosen, an ability to read music and some basic theoretical knowledge is assumed.

    9. Se questo fosse un paese civile, la lettura di questo bel saggio di Charles Rosen sarebbe accessibile a tutti.Ma siccome in questo disgraziato paese nessuno dei tanti benemeriti riformatori della scuola ha ritenuto di dover inserire né la musica né la sua storia nella scuola superiore (con il risultato che si continua a studiare e a pensare il Cinquecento amputato del genio di Claudio Monteverdi);e siccome in questo disgraziato paese l’applicazione scellerata di pedagogie malintese fa sì ch [...]

    10. Like his earlier The Classic Style, this is somewhat of a classic, referred to in many other books on the subject. After four introductory chapters, it has 3 chapters on Chopin and one each on Berlioz, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Romantic Opera, and Schumann.I have to admit that these have never been among my favorite composers, perhaps because of early over-familiarity -- I grew up when the classical radio stations rarely ventured outside the 19th century, so when I heard anything earlier or later it a [...]

    11. An excellent interdisciplinary study of music, although you might find the stylistic category unsatisfactory

    12. good but a bit beyond my level of comprehension - I can listen to Chopin but have never liked him, so can't appreciate Rosen's take.

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