By Charles Rosen
What Charles Rosen's celebrated booklet The Classical Style did for track of the Classical interval, this new, much-awaited quantity brilliantly does for the Romantic period. an exciting exploration of the musical language, varieties, and varieties of the Romantic interval, it captures the spirit that enlivened a iteration of composers and musicians, and in doing so it conveys the very feel of Romantic song. In readings uniquely trained by means of his appearing adventure, Rosen deals constantly acute and punctiliously attractive analyses of works by way of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Bellini, Liszt, and Berlioz, and he provides a brand new view of Chopin as a grasp of polyphony and large-scale shape. He adeptly integrates his observations at the track with reflections at the paintings, literature, drama, and philosophy of the time, and hence indicates us the foremost figures of Romantic track inside of their highbrow and cultural context.
Rosen covers a remarkably extensive variety of song background and considers the significance to nineteenth-century track of different cultural advancements: the artwork of panorama, a replaced method of the sacred, the literary fragment as a Romantic artwork shape. He sheds new mild at the musical sensibilities of every composer, reviews the real genres from nocturnes and songs to symphonies and operas, explains musical ideas reminiscent of the relation among a musical suggestion and its awareness in sound and the interaction among tune and textual content, and strains the origins of musical principles primary within the Romantic interval. wealthy with outstanding descriptions and telling analogies, Rosen's evaluate of Romantic tune is an accomplishment with out parallel within the literature, a consummate functionality by way of a grasp pianist and track historian.
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