`This book is definitely worth reading, and taking to heart.' --Brian Morton, The Tablet, 10th July 2010
`Rosen offers a compelling examination of the "power" that the great composers have exerted on our sensibilities.'
--New Statesman, 14th June 2010
`...refreshing to see a musical thinker of [this] quality tackling a topic once considered almost irrelevant to serious analytical study.' --Julian Haylock, International Piano, 1st September 2010
`...continuously reveals and explains the fantastic, largely unglimpsed, subtlety of music's expressive vocabulary...a revelation even to the musically illiterate.'
--Jeremy Siepmann, BBC Music Magazine, 1st September 2010
About the Author
Charles Rosen is a writer and pianist of international standing. He frequently reviews in 'The New York Review of Books' and his published volumes include 'The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven'; 'The Romantic Generation'; 'Sonata Forms'; 'Romantic Poets, Critics and Other Madmen'; 'Critical Entertainments'; 'Beethoven's Piano Sonatas' (Yale, 2002); and 'Piano Notes'. As a pianist, he has performed and recorded a wide repertoire from Bach to Pierre Boulez, and has been invited by Stravinsky, Boulez and Elliott Carter to record and give first performances of their works. Among his best-known recordings are the last six sonatas and the Diabelli Variations of Beethoven.