Musician, Writer and Theoretician Charles Rosen to speak at Yale

Charles Rosen
(photo credit:
Don Hunstein)

Award-winning pianist, music theorist and writer Charles Rosen, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, will address the topic “Musical Ambition in the Eighteenth Century” at the Yale Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., on March 1, at 5 p.m.

Rosen’s talk will be the second of the semester’s Franke lecture series, titled “Music in Context: Early Modernity and Enlightenment.” The event, to be held in the Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

A virtuoso pianist who studied with Moriz Rosenthal, Rosen is renowned for the lucidity, expressiveness and structural command of his playing as well as for the broad range of his repertoire. He has performed in recitals and orchestral engagements around the world, and has recorded the music of composers ranging from Bach, Beethoven and Debussy to Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez. Rosen is also the author of a number of acclaimed books about music, including “The Classical Style,” which won the National Book Award in 1972; “Sonata Forms”; “The Romantic Generation”; and “Romantic Poets, Critics and Other Madmen.” He regularly contributes to the New York Review of Books.

The Franke Lectures are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Barbara Franke, and are intended to present important topics in the humanities to a wide and general audience. The 2007 series celebrates music and culture and is organized in conjunction with an undergraduate seminar taught by Leon Plantinga, the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor Emeritus of Music.

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