Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion

Beethoven s Piano Sonatas A Short Companion Beethoven s piano sonatas form one of the most important collections of works in the whole history of music Spanning several decades of his life as a composer the sonatas soon came to be seen as the

  • Title: Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion
  • Author: Charles Rosen
  • ISBN: 9780300090703
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beethoven s piano sonatas form one of the most important collections of works in the whole history of music Spanning several decades of his life as a composer, the sonatas soon came to be seen as the first body of substantial serious works for piano suited to performance in large concert halls seating hundreds of people.In this comprehensive and authoritative guide, CharlBeethoven s piano sonatas form one of the most important collections of works in the whole history of music Spanning several decades of his life as a composer, the sonatas soon came to be seen as the first body of substantial serious works for piano suited to performance in large concert halls seating hundreds of people.In this comprehensive and authoritative guide, Charles Rosen places the works in context and provides an understanding of the formal principles involved in interpreting and performing this unique repertoire, covering such aspects as sonata form, phrasing, and tempo, as well as the use of pedal and trills In the second part of his book, he looks at the sonatas individually, from the earliest works of the 1790s through the sonatas of Beethoven s youthful popularity of the early 1800s, the subsequent years of mastery, the years of stress 1812 1817 , and the last three sonatas of the 1820s.Composed as much for private music making as public recital, Beethoven s sonatas have long formed a bridge between the worlds of the salon and the concert hall For today s audience, Rosen has written a guide that brings out the gravity, passion, and humor of these works and will enrich the appreciation of a wide range of readers, whether listeners, amateur musicians, or professional pianists.The book includes a CD of Rosen performing extracts from several of the sonatas, illustrating points made in the text.

    Piano sonatas Beethoven Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his piano sonatas between and Although originally not intended to be a meaningful whole, as a set they compose one of the most important collections of works in the history of music Hans von Blow called them The New Testament of the piano literature Johann Sebastian Bach s The Well Tempered Clavier being The Old Testament. Piano Quartets Beethoven History When Beethoven composed these three piano quartets at age the genre was rare Two works by Mozart, Piano Quartet No in G minor and Piano Quartet No in E flat major , are the only significant contemporary contributions that are comparable Beethoven modeled his piano quartets after a set of Mozart violin sonatas published in , with Beethoven s C major work

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    133 thoughts on “Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion

    • Beethoven's 32 sonatas are the glory of music written for the piano. They are music of Beethoven's lifetime in that their composition spans the period from his early days in Vienna to near the end of his life. In another sense, Beethoven's piano sonatas are the music of my lifetime. I first was exposed to them as an early adolescent through concerts, records, and my own early attempts at playing the easier of them. Today, all too many years later, I still try to play the sonatas and I go to reci [...]


    • charles rosen fuckin rules. he's the guy you want to read when you want to read about beethoven and his sonatas - or anything for that matter. the man's a genius.


    • Impossibile poter apprezzare questo testo (che è la chiave per entrare ancora più profondamente nello scheletro delle sonate) senza conoscere bene la musica. Ma non le 7 note: l'armonia, le regole compositive, le assonanze con Mozart, la struttura tecnica dello strumento, le notazioni musicali Saper distinguere tra allegro e allegro assai, e riconoscere l'uso del pedale o la nota di partenza di un trillo Saper scorrere le partiture e seguire il fiuto di R. nel trovare gli errori, o le sviste t [...]


    • This book probably has somewhat of a niche audience, but I find myself squarely in that niche. Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas comprise the ultimate achievement in the form, never to be rivaled since. I have loved and studied these works for years now - I look forward to reading what Rosen has to say about them . .Well, I ended up mostly skimming this book. There is a lot of good information contained in there, but I found that it was not presented in a way that makes this very conducive to casual [...]


    • Hey Chris- how about being polite and less crass with your comments. If you need to use the f word, save it for another forum.


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