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Beethoven`s Piano Sonatas A Short Companion ❰Epub❯ ➝ Beethoven`s Piano Sonatas A Short Companion Author Charles Rosen – 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 Beethoven’s piano sonatas form one of the most Sonatas A PDF ↠ 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 Beethoven`s Piano Epub / of peopleIn 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 uniue 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 Piano Sonatas A MOBI · book he looks at the sonatas individually from the earliest works of the s through the sonatas of Beethoven’s youthful popularity of the early s the subseuent years of mastery the years of stress – and the last three sonatas of the sComposed 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 pianistsThe book includes a CD of Rosen performing extracts from several of the sonatas illustrating points made in the text.

  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Beethoven`s Piano Sonatas A Short Companion
  • Charles Rosen
  • English
  • 06 October 2015
  • 9780300090703

About the Author: Charles Rosen

Classical pianist polymath author of books on musical Sonatas A PDF ↠ styles and musicology.

6 thoughts on “Beethoven`s Piano Sonatas A Short Companion

  1. robin friedman robin friedman says:

    Music Of A LifetimeBeethoven'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 recitals I listen to them on CDs now instead of records And I read about them particularly Charles' Rosen's erudite and elouent study With short periods away Beethoven's piano sonatas are probably the most lasting interest I have had in my lifeRosen was inspired to write this book by giving a performance of the sonata cycle and to lecture on Beethoven at a summer music festival and school The book is on one level a continuation of Rosen's study The Classical Style with application to the Beethoven sonatas The book is marked by its wide ranging references There is a great deal of specific discussion of Beethoven's piano sonatas of course but the book is enriched immeasurably by examples from and discussions Mozart Haydn and Schubert as their works are compared and contrasted with Beethoven'sThe book is divided into two Parts Part I The Tradition begins with a discussion of the nature and development of the sonata form Rosen describes well how Beethoven's sonatas have until very recent years been a bridge from the world of performance of classical music in the home to its appreciation in the concert hall This was certainly the case with meThe book discusses various ways in which the sonatas have been interpreted over the years and attempts to find that elusive uarry the manner in which the composer would have interpreted the sonatas Rosen devotes a great deal of attention to uestions of tempo and uestions of phrasing with examples from Beethoven's predecessors He concludes that modern performers place emphasis on a smooth legato style than would have been the case in Beethoven's day and that Beethoven's tempos would be somewhat different from those at which we now hear the music In some cases tempos would have been faster but I get the impression that in the main tempos were taken at a slower pace The book comes with a CD recorded by Guiilio Caesare Ricci which illustrates helpfully many of Rosen's musical examples Rosen stresses that there is no single way of performing these complex wonderful pieces of music His discussion of performance practices still is highly useful in understanding the sonatas and in listening to themThe second part of the book consists of a chronological discussion of each of the 32 sonatas The discussion is arranged in five parts athe early 18th Century sonatas the sonatas from opus 2 to opus 22; b the sonatas of Beethoven growing in popularity and independent style the sonatas from opus 26 to opus 28 c the sonatas in which Beethoven attained mastery the sonatas from opus 31 through opus 81a d the sonatas composed during Beethoven's years of stress and personal difficulty the opus 90 and opus 101 sonatas and the Hammerklavier sonata opus 106 ; and ethe last sonatas opus 109 110111In each instance Rosen offers some general comments on the character of each sonata followed by detailed thematic harmonic and pianistic discussionsI found it useful in this section of the book to read first Rosen's discussion of the sonatas with which I was most familiar either by attempting to play them or by repeated hearings over the years Thus I began with Rosen's discussion of the opus 26 sonata and followed it the the Waldstein the Pathetiue and the opus 90 sonata I then went through Rosen's discussion work by work as it appeared in the book There is much to be learned and Rosen's discussion will be useful in listening to the sonatas and following along with the score or with Rosen's discussionIt is worth noting that Rosen spends a great deal of time on sonatas which are relatively little performed particularly the opus 54 which is given in full on the CD that comes with the book and with the opus 31 no 1 sonata His discussion of these work illuminates them and illuminates Beethoven's output He also gives thorough discussions of familiar works particularly the Moonlight sonata and the Hammerklavier with respect to the latter he follows up upon the lengthy analysis of this work in The Classical StyleBeethoven's piano sonatas are indeed music of a lifetime If you love them by playing or by hearing them you will love this book If you want to learn about them this book will be an outstanding guideRobin Friedman

  2. Chris Chris says:

    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

  3. Bobparr Bobparr says:

    Impossibile poter apprezzare uesto 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 tipografiche e intanto confrontare il tempo dell'esecuzione con uanto richiesto dal compositore L'ascolto delle 32 sonate è esperienza emotiva; poter leggere uesto testo con piena cognizione di causa e legarlo ai passaggi di Backhaus o alle velocità di Gulda riconoscere la compostezza di Arrau o il vigore di Schnabel è su un livello intellettuale e uditivo che ahimè mi resterà per sempre sconosciutoNon finito

  4. Dayton Dayton says:

    The first third or so on tempotouchnotationetc was a lot of useful and fascinating info about classical piano that I can inform my own playing and listening full of examples from the 32 sonatasThe rest of the book going one by one through Beethoven's sonatas was up and down for me A lot of the nitty gritty theorystructure sections which were bountiful went over my head I could have sat there with the score and a recording and spent hours going over each one but frankly I am not a serious enough pianist for that to be super useful nor do I have that kind of spare time at least I didn't until shelter in place That said there were still some interesting insights and I was able to get a lot out of the sections on the sonatas I was most familiar with those I have tried to play or those I listen to most

  5. Rob Rob says:

    This book probably has somewhat of a niche audience but I find myself suarely 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 themWell 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 reading While there were a few score examples there were not nearly enough To be able to glean some good information from this book one would need to sit down with the book in one hand and the full score in the otherPersonally I find Andras Schiff's lecture series on the Beethoven sonatas to be much compelling There is likely a lot of similar information in both works but Rosen's presentation just can't come close to Schiff's

  6. Nicholas Kalogeresis Nicholas Kalogeresis says:

    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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