Presents a detailed analysis of the musical styles and forms developed by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven
A detailed analysis of the musical styles and forms developed by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven
Analyzes the themes, artistic techniques, and style of these three master musicians and critically assesses examples of their work
He demonstrates the enormous diversity and constant change that characterized every aspect of music during this period. By dividing his text into twenty-year spans, Downs is able to trace the development of musical style. Within each span he looks at the social conditions and daily life of the musician, and the aesthetics and audience preferences in structures, performing combinations and styles. The lesser composers, or Kleinmeister, are observed, since they are the most accurate mirrors of their times. Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven receive full biographical scrutiny at each stage of their development. Copious music examples and abundant illustrations are also provided.
Building on ideas first advanced by Arnold Schoenberg and later developed by Erwin Ratz, this book introduces a new theory of form for instrumental music in the classical style. The theory provides a broad set of principles and a comprehensive methodology for the analysis of classical form, from individual ideas, phrases, and themes to the large-scale organization of complete movements. It emphasizes the notion of formal function, that is, the specific role a given formal unit plays in the structural organization of a classical work.
A vivid portrait of Mozart and Haydn's greatest achievements and young Beethoven's works under their influence.
In this comprehensive and authoritative guide, Rosen places Beethoven's sonatas in context and provides an understanding of the formal principles involved in interpreting and performing this unique repertoire. Includes a CD of the author performing extracts from several of the works.
An exhilarating exploration of the musical language forms and styles of the Romantic period, "The Romantic Generation" captures the spirit that enlivened a generation of composers and musicians, and in doing so conveys the very sense of Romantic music. 728 musical examples.
Written by one of the world's outstanding music historians and critics, the late Alfred Einstein, this classic study of Mozart's character and works brings to light many new facts about his relationship with his family, his susceptibility to ambitious women, and his associations with musical contemporaries, as well as offering a penetrating analysis of his operas, piano music, chamber music, and symphonies.
Alan Tyson is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is a leading authority on composers and music of the Classical period, especially Mozart and Beethoven. He has made a greater contribution to the dating of sketches and compositions than any other scholar. His international reputation stems from his outstanding contribution to the dating and cataloguing of these composers' sketches, manuscript compositions, and early printed editions. This collection of 19 essays in his honour comprises scholarly contributions from an international group of distinguished musicologists under the editorship of Sieghard Brandenburg. The book also includes a complete checklist of Alan Tyson's writings on music.
"Nobody writes better about music .... again and again, unerring insight into just the features that make the music special and fine." The New York Review of Books"
When twentieth-century scholars transformed Mozart's bland, idealized nineteenth-century image into that of a modern revolutionary expressionist, they paradoxically restored the reputation he had among his eighteenth-century contemporaries. Mozart became once again a complex innovator, challenging to perform and to understand. Drawing on a variety of critical methods, Rosen maintains that listening or reading with intensity - for pleasure - is the one activity indispensable for full appreciation. It allows us to experience multiple possibilities in literature and music, and to avoid recognizing only the revolutionary elements of artistic production. By reviving the sense that works of art have intrinsic merits that bring pleasure, we justify their continuing existence."--pub. website.
This collection of essays by gifted musician and writer Rosen covers a broad range of musical forms, historical periods, and issues. They court controversy and offer enlightenment on subjects as diverse as music dictionaries and the aesthetics of stage fright.
Bringing together reception history, music analysis and criticism, the history of music theory, and the philosophy of music, Beethoven Hero explores the nature and persistence of Beethoven's heroic style. What have we come to value in this music, asks Scott Burnham, and why do generations of critics and analysts hear it in much the same way? Specifically, what is it that fosters the intensity of listener engagement with the heroic style, the often overwhelming sense of identification with its musical process? Starting with the story of heroic quest heard time and again in the first movement of the Eroica Symphony, Burnham suggests that Beethoven's music matters profoundly to its listeners because it projects an empowering sense of self, destiny, and freedom, while modeling ironic self-consciousness. In addition to thus identifying Beethoven's music as an overarching expression of values central to the age of Goethe and Hegel, the author describes and then critiques the process by which the musical values of the heroic style quickly became the controlling model of compositional logic in Western music criticism and analysis. Apart from its importance for students of Beethoven, this book will appeal to those interested in canon formation in the arts and in music as a cultural, ethical, and emotional force--and to anyone concerned with what we want from music and what music does for us.
A survey of Beethoven's music and the personal and historical contexts in which it was composed, first published in 2000.
In this eloquent, intimate exploration of the delights and demands of the piano, world-renowned concert pianist and music writer Charles Rosen draws on a lifetime's wisdom to consider every aspect of the instrument: from what makes a beautiful sound to suffering from stage fright, from the physical challenges of playing to tales of great musicians, including Vladimir Horowitz's recording tricks, Rachmaninov's hands and why Artur Rubenstein applied hairspray to the keys. Gracefully blending anecdote, history, expertise and memoir, Piano Notes will enchant anyone with a passion for music.
This comprehensive yet concise survey of music, which is part of the highly acclaimed Prentice-Hall History of Music Series, is ideal for anyone interested in learning about the evolution of musical style through the Classic period (the late 18th and early 19th century) in its historical, cultural and social context. It includes the latest research in the chief areas of symphony, sonata, concerto, opera, chamber music and sacred music. For professional and amateur musicians, concert-goer and record collector.
Examines the characteristics, nature, and evolution of classicism and romanticism in European music.

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