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Charles Rosen says of sonata form#58; "[It] is not a definite form like a minuet, a da capo aria, or a French overture; it is, like the fugue, a way of writing, a feeling for proportion, direction, and texture rather than a pattern." ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 415 pages
Published August 17th 1988 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1980)
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Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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When I picked up this book, I originally hoped it could serve as an introduction to sonata form for one of my students. But I quickly realized it would be way above his head. For one thing, it is essential to be able to read and "hear" scores (sometimes including alto or tenor clef) to follow Rosen's arguments. For a specialized audience, however, this is a terrific book that illustrates the range and power of one of classical music's greatest and most flexible structures.

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Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
still reading this... an excellent journey through the history of the sonata, as well as a thorough delving into a definition of that slippery form. also, some nice information about various composers and the social climates in which they were composing/reacting to.
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Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful insight, for any informed and classically trained musician who is comfortable enough with sheet music to read the examples fluently, to the development of sonata form and what it really is. However, it is not to be mistaken for an introduction to sonata form.
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Charles Rosen was a concert pianist, Professor of Music and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and the author of numerous books, including The Classical Style, The Romantic Generation, and Freedom and the Arts.

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