Charles Rosen

Biography

Born: May 5, 1927; New York, NY   Died: December 9, 2012; New York, NY  
Charles Rosen started young, with piano lessons at the age of four, then studied at the Juilliard School from ages 7 to 11. For the next six years he was a pupil of Moriz Rosenthal (who in turn had been a pupil of Rafael Joseffy and Liszt). When Rosenthal died in 1946, Rosen continued studying with his widow, Hedwig Kanner-Rosenthal, for a total of eight years. He also studied music theory and composition with Karl Weigl, and at Princeton Read more University majored in music history and romance languages. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in 1947; his M.A, in 1949, and his Ph.D. in 1951 -- the year he made his New York piano debut. In addition to concertizing, Rosen taught Modern Languages at M.I.T. (1953-1955), returning to academe in 1971 as Professor of Music at SUNY in Stony Brook. In 1976-1977 he served as Ernest Bloch Professor of Music at UC Berkeley; held the prestigious Charles Eliot Norton Chair at Harvard in 1980-1981; was George Eastman Visiting Professor at Oxford in 1988, and from 1986 until his retirement in 1996, was Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and Music at the University of Chicago.

In three farewell concerts there on successive nights he played Elliott Carter's Night Fantasies (as a guest of the Contemporary Chamber Players); a solo program of Beethoven (Op. 110 Sonata), Schumann (the original manuscript version of Fantasie in C), and Chopin (one of whose pupils had been the first teacher of Rosen's own beloved teacher, Moriz Rosenthal); and finally the Brahms First Piano Concerto with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Three years later in London he broadcast Rosen on Chopin, a series of programs on BBC Radio 3 commemorating the sesquicentennial of the composer's death.

Concurrently with concertizing, he recorded for Columbia/CBS Masterworks -- Bach's Art of the Fugue, original editions of music by Schumann and Chopin, the Liszt First Piano Concerto (to the surprise of many unaware of his pedagogical heritage), Beethoven's last six sonatas (Opp. 90-111) and "Diabelli" Variations. He also recorded the complete solo piano music of Pierre Boulez, Stravinsky's Movements for Piano and Orchestra at the composer's request (with the composer conducting), and a CD of Elliott Carter's piano music: Night Fantasies, the Piano Sonata, and 90+ (composed in 1996). He also recorded Webern's Op. 7 Violin Pieces with the late Isaac Stern.

Pianism and pedagogy were not Rosen's only areas of concentration, however. In 1971 he published the provocative first edition of The Classical Style, later reprinted in five languages, and revised in 1997 with an additional chapter. This was marketed with a CD of the author playing Beethoven's Opp. 106 and 110 sonatas. In 1995 he brought forth The Romantic Generation, which included a spirited and eloquent defense of Berlioz, and in 2000 published a selection of essays as Critical Entertainments. Among twentieth century artists he was been an intellectual of the first order -- perhaps the most authentic of all -- not excluding Alfred Brendel or Maurizio Pollini. If Rosen's piano tone was not always ingratiating or his style unbending, at his best he illuminated the keyboard music of Western history's most "serious" composers -- from Bach to Stravinsky, Carter and Boulez, by way of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Brahms. Nothing in his art was ever trivial. As a performer, educator, and writer in one package, Charles Rosen is likely always to be recognized as unique. Read less

Biography

Born: May 5, 1927; New York, NY   Died: December 9, 2012; New York, NY  
Charles Rosen started young, with piano lessons at the age of four, then studied at the Juilliard School from ages 7 to 11. For the next six years he was a pupil of Moriz Rosenthal (who in turn had been a pupil of Rafael Joseffy and Liszt). When Rosenthal died in 1946, Rosen continued studying with his widow, Hedwig Kanner-Rosenthal, for a total of eight years. He also studied music theory and composition with Karl Weigl, and at Princeton Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Introduction - Cadenza for Harpsichord
II. Allegro scherzando - Adagio - Presto - Cadenzas for Piano
III. Coda
Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7 (1910): I. Sehr langsam
II. Rasch
III. Sehr langsam
IV. Bewegt
Aria
Var. 1 a 1 Clav.
Var. 2 a 1 Clav.
Var. 3 - Canone all'Unisono a 1 Clav.
Var. 4 a 1 Clav.
Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Var. 6 Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
Var. 7 al tempo di Giga a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Var. 8 a 2 Clav.
Var. 9 Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
Var. 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav.
Var. 11 a 2 Clav.
Var. 12 Canone alla Quarta a 1 Clav.
Var. 13 a 2 Clav.
Var. 14 a 2 Clav.
Var. 15 Canone alla Quinta a 1 Clav. - Andante
Var. 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
Var. 17 a 2 Clav.
Var. 18 Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
Var. 19 a 1 Clav.
Var. 20 a 2 Clav.
Var. 21 Canone alla Settima
Var. 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.
Var. 23 a 2 Clav.
Var. 24 Canone all' Ottava a 1 Clav.
Var. 25 a 2 Clav.
Var. 26 a 2 Clav.
Var. 27 Canone alla Nona a 2 Clav.
Var. 28 a 2 Clav.
Var. 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Var. 30 Quodlibet a 1 Clav.
Aria da Capo
I. Dies ist ein Lied für dich allein
II. Im Windesweben
III. An Baches Ranft
IV. Im Morgentaun
V. Kahl reckt der Baum
Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7 (1910): I. Sehr langsam
II. Rasch
III. Sehr langsam
IV. Bewegt
Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11 (1914): I. Mäßige Achtel
II. Sehr bewegt
III. Äußerst ruhig
Vier Lieder für Singstimme und Klavier, Op. 12: I. Der Tag ist vergangen (P. Rosegger)
II. Die geheimnisvolle Flöte (Li Tai Po, trans. H. Bethge)
III. Schien mir's, als ich sah die Sonne (A. Strindberg)
IV. Gleich und Gleich (Goethe)
I. Eingang
II. Noch zwingt mich Treue
III. Ja Heil und Dank dir
IV. So ich traurig bin
V. Ihr tratet zu dem Herde
Quartet for Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Violin and Piano, Op. 22: I. Sehr mäßig
II. Sehr schwungvoll
Drei Gesänge aus "Viae inviae", Op. 23 von Hildegard Jone: I. Das dunkle Herz
II. Es Stürzt aus Höhen Frische
III. Herr Jesus mein
Drei Lieder für Singstimme und Klavier, Op. 25 nach Gedichten von Hildegard Jone: I. Wie bin ich froh!
II. Des Herzens Purpurvoge
III. Sterne, ihr silbernen Bienen
Variations for Piano, Op. 27: I. Sehr mässig
II. Sehr schnell
III. Ruhig fliessend


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