Full Text

Rosen, Charles (1927–)


Subject Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405168908.2010.x


US concert pianist, musicologist, critic, and cultural historian. Rosen's unique combination of talents has made him into an exemplary figure in modern interdisciplinary studies. His writing on music is informed by both a historian's understanding of composition and performance as social acts, and a performer's fingertip knowledge of musical meaning as it emerges, develops, and crystallizes over time. Rosen was born in New York City and attended the Juilliard School of Music until the age of eleven. Thereafter his piano teachers were Moriz Rosenthal and his wife, Hedwig Kanner-Rosenthal. In 1951 he made his recital debut in New York and was awarded a doctorate at Princeton for a dissertation on eighteenth-century French drama. His extensive discography ranges from Bach and Haydn to Boulez and Elliott Carter, and includes luminous accounts of Beethoven's last six sonatas (1972) and Diabelli variations (1977). His writings include The Classical Style ( 1971 ), Schoenberg ( 1976 ), Sonata Forms ( 1980 ), Romanticism and Realism ( 1984 ) (with Henri Zerner), and The Romantic Generation (1995). There exists also a large corpus of occasional writings, as yet uncollected, including many program and liner notes and a remarkable sequence of review articles, often written for the New York Review of Books , on a wide variety of cultural topics. Rosen's music criticism is informed ... log in or subscribe to read full text

Log In

You are not currently logged-in to Blackwell Reference Online

If your institution has a subscription, you can log in here:


     Forgotten your password?

Find out how to subscribe.

Your library does not have access to this title. Please contact your librarian to arrange access.

[ access key 0 : accessibility information including access key list ] [ access key 1 : home page ] [ access key 2 : skip navigation ] [ access key 6 : help ] [ access key 9 : contact us ] [ access key 0 : accessibility statement ]

Blackwell Publishing Home Page

Blackwell Reference Online ® is a Blackwell Publishing Inc. registered trademark
Technology partner: Semantico Ltd.

Blackwell Publishing and its licensors hold the copyright in all material held in Blackwell Reference Online. No material may be resold or published elsewhere without Blackwell Publishing's written consent, save as authorised by a licence with Blackwell Publishing or to the extent required by the applicable law.

Back to Top