Music and Sentiment

Author(s): Charles Rosen


How does a work of music stir the senses, creating feelings of joy, sadness, elation, or nostalgia? This title details the array of stylistic devices and techniques used to represent or convey sentiment. It traces the use of radically changing intensities in the Romantic works of the nineteenth century.

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"'What is astonishing, given the rigour of the analysis and the apparent technicality of the approach, is how moving the book is.' (Simon Callow, The Guardian) 'These lectures, bristling with musical examples and detailed analysis, tackle the tricky question of how music expresses emotion.' (Adam Lively, The Sunday Times) 'the number of composers about whom he has illuminating things to say, even if only in passing, is remarkable.' (Michael Tanner, Literary Review) 'Rosen continuously reveals and explains the fantastic, largely unglimpsed, subtlety of music's expressive vocabulary... This book could be a revelation even to the musically illiterate.' (Jeremy Siepmann, BBC Music Magazine) 'This book is definitely worth reading, and taking to heart.' (Brian Morton, The Tablet) 'Rosen offers a compelling examination of the 'power' that the great composers have exerted on our sensibilities.' (New Statesman)"

Charles Rosen is a writer and pianist of international standing. He frequently reviews The New York Review of Books and his published volumes include The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven; The Romantic Generation; Sonata Forms; Romantic Poets, Critics and Other Madmen; Critical Entertainments; Beethoven's Piano Sonatas (Yale, 2002); and Piano Notes. As a pianist, he has performed and recorded a wide repertoire from Bach to Pierre Boulez, and has been invited by Stravinsky, Boulez and Elliott Carter to record and give first performances of their works. Among his best-known recordings are the last six sonatas and the Diabelli Variations of Beethoven.

General Fields

  • : 9780300178036
  • : Yale University Press
  • : Yale University Press
  • : September 2011
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : near fine
  • : 146
  • : music examples throughout
  • : Charles Rosen
  • : Paperback