Book: The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

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The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

Author: Charles Rosen
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

This outstanding book treating the three most beloved composers of the Vienna School is considered basic to any study of classical-era music. Drawing on his rich experience and intimate familiarity with the works of these giants, Charles Rosen presents his keen insights in clear and persuasive language.


The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven is a revised and enlarged version of Charles Rosen’s landmark 1970 work on the compositions of the trio of musical geniuses who formed the Viennese Classical School and forever changed the face of music. Along with clarifications, expansions, and new insights into the composers and their music, the book has been enriched by the addition of a compact disc containing two of the Beethoven piano sonatas of which the author writes. Rosen’s books are always shot through with musical examples, so you’ll get a great deal more out of this one if you can read music. The Classical Style is a brilliant book, composed by a genuine artist, sometimes provocative, but never sloppy in its thinking.

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