Charles Rosen Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas A Short Companion – musical examples

These tracks feature pianist and author Charles Rosen performing extracts from several Beethoven piano sonatas, illustrating points made in his book Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion (ISBN 9780300255119).
Recorded for the book  by Giulio Cesare Ricci at the Villa Caetani, Ninfa, Italy, 2001. © Charles Rosen.

These recordings were originally available from Yale University Press as a free CD accompanying the hardback edition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion (ISBN 9780300090703). Now available in paperback:

BeetBeethoven's Piano Sonatas A Short Companion Charles Rosenhoven’s piano sonatas form one of the most important collections of works in the whole history of music. For today’s audience, Charles Rosen has written a guide that brings out the gravity, passion and humour of these works and will enrich the appreciation of a wide range of readers, whether listeners, amateur musicians or professional pianists.

Charles Rosen (1927–2012) was an internationally respected pianist. A pupil of Moriz Rosenthal, he has performed and recorded a wide repertoire from Bach to Pierre Boulez. His prize-winning books include The Classical Style, The Romantic Generation, Romantic Poets, Critics and Other Madmen, and Critical Entertainments.

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