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Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion

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Beethoven's piano sonatas form one of the most important collections of works in the whole history of music. Spanning several decades of his life as a composer, the sonatas soon came to be seen as the first body of substantial serious pieces for piano suited to performance in large concert halls seating hundreds of people. In this comprehensive and authoritative guide, Cha ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 8th 2002 by Yale University Press (first published November 1st 2001)
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Robin Friedman
Sep 01, 2014 Robin Friedman rated it it was amazing
Beethoven's 32 sonatas are the glory of music written for the piano. They are music of Beethoven's lifetime in that their composition spans the period from his early days in Vienna to near the end of his life. In another sense, Beethoven's piano sonatas are the music of my lifetime. I first was exposed to them as an early adolescent through concerts, records, and my own early attempts at playing the easier of them. Today, all too many years later, I still try to play the sonatas and I go to reci ...more
Chris
Jul 05, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
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charles rosen fuckin rules. he's the guy you want to read when you want to read about beethoven and his sonatas - or anything for that matter. the man's a genius.
Rob
Jun 02, 2008 Rob rated it it was ok
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This book probably has somewhat of a niche audience, but I find myself squarely in that niche. Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas comprise the ultimate achievement in the form, never to be rivaled since. I have loved and studied these works for years now - I look forward to reading what Rosen has to say about them.

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Well, I ended up mostly skimming this book. There is a lot of good information contained in there, but I found that it was not presented in a way that makes this very conducive to casua
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Nicholas Kalogeresis
Hey Chris- how about being polite and less crass with your comments. If you need to use the f word, save it for another forum.
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