The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven Book Report
The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
The Classical Style
The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven is such a remarkable book which is written by Charles Rosen. It not only explicitly introduces many important aspects of Classical style, but also fully discusses the musical characteristics of those major Classical composers. Charles Rosen is smart enough to cover so much materials without overlapping or skipping any other crucial details so that it makes the whole book concise but refined.
The content is consisted with 7 parts. In fact, it could be divided into two main parts: The first and the second part are basically introducing the theoratical materials: such as tonality, form and structure, ect. While the third and the rest of the parts are simply focusing on three major composers and some of their outstanding works which are the representatives of the typical Classical Style.
In the both first parts of the Introduction and the second Chapter, they all deal with the same topic¡ªMusical Language. Speaking of the musical language of the Classical Style, Rosen tries to start talking about it since the late 18th century. In contrast to the constant spinning¡ªout of Baroque music, the new styles were periodic. Phrases were consequent, pairing. Rosen tells us more about it: Symmetrical melody in balanced phrases and cadences; meanwhile, they are quite tuneful and diatonic, with narrow leaps. For better illustration. Rosen gives many examples and detailed analysises. By talking about the musical language at the beginning, Rosen gives the readers a clear idea about the sound and tonality of the music in the Classical Style so that we could have a better thought to trace his ideas which are following in the rest of the chapters.
Obviously, according to the examples which he illustrates, no matter they are Haydn¡¯s quartets or Beethoven¡¯s symphonies, they all deal with the same kind of topics: textures and dynamisc. It seems Rosen is attempting to bulit up a strong point of views on the characteristics of the Classical Style by explaining the similarities out of those composers¡¯ music. It goes without saying that many new things were going on during this period. From the sample of Mozart¡¯s, we found out an individual and compact character of the new melody. It replaces the long lines and the figuration styles of Baroque. From the example...