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Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
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Charles Rosen is 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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"Pianists . . . will have much to gain from Rosen's admirably wide range of musical reference, and his usual rich mixture of musical wisdom and opinion, both eminently worth having."-Leon Plantinga, Times Literary Supplement
"In this sparkling `short companion,' Rosen guides the listener through both musical structures and knotty performance decisions. . . . A CD on which Rosen himself plays completes a gorgeous package."-The Guardian
"[R]ich in detail . . . graceful and embracing. All admirers of this repertory will gain much from this book. Highly recommended . . ."-Library Journal
"[An] outstanding work: a performer's guide to Beethoven's piano sonatas. . . . The text is rich in detail, and Rosen's prose is typically graceful and embracing. All admirers of this repertory will gain much from this book. Highly recommended for all collections."-Library Journal (starred review)
"There is scarcely an observation from first page to last that doesn't prompt the most fruitful reflection on the very essence of interpretation at every level. If you buy only one book on music this year, let it be this one."-Bettina Neumann, Piano
"For someone seeking to understand the evolution and reception of the sonatas as a cultural and musical narrative, Rosen's book will furnish a more vivid and illuminating experience."-Charles Fisk, Notes

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