9780674006843

Critical Entertainments

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674006843

  • ISBN10:

    0674006844

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-11-30
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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Summary

An extraordinarily gifted musician and writer, Charles Rosen is a peerless commentator on the history and performance of music. Critical Entertainments brings together many of the essays that have established him as one of the most influential and eloquent voices in the field of music in our time. These essays cover a broad range of musical forms, historical periods, and issues--from Bach through Brahms to Carter and Schoenberg, from contrapuntal keyboard music to opera, from performance practices to music history as a discipline. They revisit Rosen's favorite subjects and pursue some less familiar paths. They court controversy (with strong opinions about performance on historical instruments, the so-called New Musicology, and the alleged "death" of classical music) and offer enlightenment on subjects as diverse as music dictionaries and the aesthetics of stage fright. All are unified by Rosen's abiding concerns and incomparable style. In sum, Critical Entertainments is a treasury of the vast learning, wit, and insight that we have come to expect from this remarkable writer. It will delight all music lovers.

Author Biography

Charles Rosen is a pianist and Professor Emeritus of Music and Social Thought at the University of Chicago

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(6)
I Performance and Musicology
The Aesthetics of Stage Fright
7(5)
The Discipline of Philology: Oliver Strunk
12(13)
II The Eighteenth Century
Keyboard Music of Bach and Handel
25(29)
The Rediscovering of Haydn
54(14)
Describing Mozart
68(6)
Beaumarchais: Inventor of Modern Opera
74(11)
Radical, Conventional Mozart
85(20)
Beethoven's Career
105(22)
III Brahms
Brahms: Influence, Plagiarism, and Inspiration
127(19)
Brahms the Subversive
146(16)
Brahms: Classicism and the Inspiration of Awkwardness
162(39)
IV Musical Studies: Contrasting Views
The Benefits of Authenticity
201(21)
Dictionaries: the Old Harvard
222(11)
Dictionaries: the New Grove's
233(22)
The New Musicology
255(20)
V The Crisis of the Modern
Schoenberg: The Possibilities of Disquiet
275(8)
The Performance of Contemporary Music: Carter's Double Concerto
283(11)
The Irrelevance of Serious Music
294(25)
Credits 319(2)
Index 321

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