The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

The Classical Style Haydn Mozart Beethoven This outstanding book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is basic to any study of Classical era music Drawing on his rich experience and intimate familiarity with the works

  • Title: The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
  • Author: Charles Rosen
  • ISBN: 9780393317121
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • This outstanding book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is 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, now available in paperback for the first time, Rosen hThis outstanding book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is 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, now available in paperback for the first time, Rosen has provided a new, 64 page chapter on the later years of Beethoven and the musical conventions he inherited from Haydn and Mozart The author has also written an extensive new preface in which he responds to other writers who have commented on his ideas.

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    1. Charles Rosen is one of the great musicologists of the twentieth century and in The Classical Style he does a marvelous job characterizing the classical style as epitomized by its three great masters, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Of all the formal principles that have defined any period, the elements of classical style are perhaps most amenable to formal analysis. The classical period is principally characterized by sonata form and tonality. We can agree with Sir Donald Tovey that we do violenc [...]

    2. Originally published on my blog here in January 2000.One of the best known works on classical music (in the wider sense as well as the narrower one of the title) written in the second half of this century, The Classical Style has been re-issued in a new edition. Considering what has happened in the last thirty years, remarkably little has been changed; this is partly because Rosen felt (as he says in the foreword) that to revise it would mean a complete rewrite, as the book he would write today [...]

    3. Truly mind expanding. A book I have gone back to again and again - partly because I didn't fully understand it the first time that I read it. Rosen makes academic musicology accessible to those who are curious but untutored, however you do have to put the book down sometimes to let you brain have a rest. On occasions, as when writing about the pastoral style in Haydn's symphonies, he can become quite poetic. I wish he would write about what the music might be expressing a little more often rathe [...]

    4. One of the best books on music I've read. I would have given it five stars but for the Haydn chapters, and that's my fault: you really have to know the music to get very much from this book, and I'm not very well versed in Haydn. This is an academic book. Rosen is a musicologist and he makes no special effort to write for the layman. As a result, his prose is full of esoteric technical jargon, some of which went over this layman's head. Still, some of his analyses of favorite pieces strike with [...]

    5. This book was brilliant! I highly recommend it to all musicians. Charles Rosen is an amazing musicologist. Not only does he have a lot of insight into music, but he is able to express himself with a great deal of intelligence and clarity. His understanding of the classical style is inedible. From this book I have gained a better understanding not only of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, but also of music in general. I now know why these three composers are considered to be among the greatest. In ad [...]

    6. Just a quotation - pp.162-63The pretension of Haydn’s symphonies to a simplicity that seems to come from Nature itself is no mask but the true claim of a style whose command over the whole range of technique is so great that it can ingenuously afford to disdain the outward appearance of high art. Pastoral is generally ironic with the irony of one who aspires to less than he deserves, hoping he will be granted more. But Haydn’s pastoral style is more generous, with all its irony: it is the tr [...]

    7. What a slog! For me, this book does not necessarily need to be read sequentially. There are nougats on almost every page, and the writing is dense. Of course Rosen is opinionated and erudite -- that makes him more fun and all the more intimidating. THE CLASSICAL STYLE really is a brilliant achievement, with numerous musical examples. It's much more about Mozart and Haydn than about Beethoven.

    8. A fascinating quick read offering advice as to practice, study habits (sight read all of the Schubert and Beethoven piano sonatas) and glimpses into the world of piano competitions and recordings. Esoteric, but interesting.Oh nois review is for the book PIANO NOTES by the same authorbut when tapped, this book appeared and I did not catch the error until posted!

    9. I really enjoyed Rosen's style of writing but I felt he didn't go into enough detail on how the composers were inspired by different composers and some of the analysis seemed overly technical and a bit pseudo-Shenckerian rather than actually looking into the cultural phenomena that were 'The Three.' Otherwise he makes a compelling argument.

    10. Arguably the most significant musicology book of the 20th century. Every time I pick it up I come away with a new insight into the music I've been listening to since I was a wee little one. Some music theory knowledge is necessary to understand much of what Rosen discusses, but it's worth it for those who really want to understand how this music works.

    11. The introduction is somewhat off-putting, particularly when Rosen describes what contents he will and will not include and why, but the following text does contain information that warrants continued reading.

    12. Currently re-reading actually. This is the very best book I've ever read that I hardly understand at all. The really priceless thing is that reading it again has made me listen to Haydn String Quartets. They are sublime. And Mozart String Quintets which are sublime and also gut-wrenching.

    13. Undoubtedly a classic of its kind, particularly the chapters on Haydn Trios and Mozart Quintets. Always makes me want to go back and listen to the music, no higher praise.

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