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The Romantic Generation

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$34.00 • £27.95 • €30.50

ISBN 9780674779341

Publication Date: 09/15/1998

Academic Trade

744 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

728 musical examples

The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures


  • Preface
  • Music and Sound
    • Imagining the sound
    • Romantic paradoxes: the absent melody
    • Classical and Romantic pedal
    • Conception and realization
    • Tone color and structure
  • Fragments
    • Renewal
    • The Fragment as Romantic form
    • Open and closed
    • Words and music
    • The emancipation of musical language
    • Experimental endings and cyclical forms
    • Ruins
    • Disorders
    • Quotations and memories
    • Absence: the melody suppressed
  • Mountains and Song Cycles
    • Horn calls
    • Landscape and music
    • Landscape and the double time scale
    • Mountains as ruins
    • Landscape and memory
    • Music and memory
    • Landscape and death: Schubert
    • The unfinished workings of the past
    • Song cycles without words
  • Formal Interlude
    • Mediants
    • Four-bar phrases
  • Chopin: Counterpoint and the Narrative Forms
    • Poetic inspiration and craft
    • Counterpoint and the single line
    • Narrative form: the ballade
    • Changes of mode
    • Italian opera and J.S. Bach
  • Chopin: Virtuosity Transformed
    • Keyboard exercises
    • Virtuosity and decoration (salon music?)
    • Morbid intensity
  • Chopin: From the Miniature Genre to the Sublime Style
    • Folk music?
    • Rubato
    • Modal harmony?
    • Mazurka as Romantic form
    • The late mazurkas
    • Freedom and tradition
  • Liszt: On Creation as Performance
    • Disreputable greatness
    • Die Lorelei: the distraction of influence
    • The Sonata: the distraction of respectability
    • The invention of Romantic piano sound: the Etudes
    • Conception and realization
    • The masks of Liszt
    • Recomposing: Sonnet no. 104
    • Self-Portrait as Don Juan
  • Berlioz: Liberation from the Central European Tradition
    • Blind idolaters and perfidious critics
    • Tradition and eccentricity: the idée fixe
    • Chord color and counterpoint
    • Long-range harmony and contrapuntal rhythm: the “Scène d’amour”
  • Mendelssohn and the Invention of Religious Kitsch
    • Mastering Beethoven
    • Transforming Classicism
    • Classical form and modern sensibility
    • Religion in the concert hall
  • Romantic Opera: Politics, Trash, and High Art
    • Politics and melodrama
    • Popular art
    • Bellini
    • Meyerbeer
  • Schumann: Triumph and Failure of the Romantic Ideal
    • The irrational
    • The inspiration of Beethoven and Clara Wieck
    • The inspiration of E.T.A. Hoffmann
    • Out of phase
    • Lyric intensity
    • Failure and triumph
  • Index of Names and Works

Awards & Accolades

  • Charles Rosen Is a 2011 National Humanities Medal Winner
  • 1996 Otto Kinkeldey Award, American Musicological Society
  • 1996 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
  • 1995 Association of American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award, Arts Category
  • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 1995
  • Yorkshire Post Music Book of the Year Award
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