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By Charles Rosen

What Charles Rosen's celebrated publication The Classical Style did for tune of the Classical interval, this new, much-awaited quantity brilliantly does for the Romantic period. a thrilling exploration of the musical language, kinds, and kinds of the Romantic interval, it captures the spirit that enlivened a new release of composers and musicians, and in doing so it conveys the very feel of Romantic track. In readings uniquely expert by way of his acting adventure, Rosen bargains regularly acute and carefully enticing analyses of works through Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Bellini, Liszt, and Berlioz, and he offers a brand new view of Chopin as a grasp of polyphony and large-scale shape. He adeptly integrates his observations at the track with reflections at the paintings, literature, drama, and philosophy of the time, and therefore indicates us the most important figures of Romantic tune inside of their highbrow and cultural context.

Rosen covers a remarkably large diversity of track background and considers the significance to nineteenth-century track of different cultural advancements: the paintings of panorama, a replaced method of the sacred, the literary fragment as a Romantic artwork shape. He sheds new mild at the musical sensibilities of every composer, experiences the $64000 genres from nocturnes and songs to symphonies and operas, explains musical ideas reminiscent of the relation among a musical concept and its attention in sound and the interaction among tune and textual content, and strains the origins of musical rules familiar within the Romantic interval. wealthy with awesome descriptions and telling analogies, Rosen's evaluate of Romantic tune is an accomplishment with out parallel within the literature, a consummate functionality through a grasp pianist and song historian.

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