Biographies Charles Rosen

Charles Rosen is renowned as a pianist, scholar, and lecturer, and as a writer in the fields of music, art, literature, and intellectual history.

Born in New York City in 1927, Rosen was picking out tunes on the piano by the age of four and was enrolled at the Juilliard School of Music at age six. After five years at Juilliard, he became a pupil of Moriz Rosenthal and his wife, Hedwig Kanner, who had been pupils of two of the nineteenth century's icons in the fields of piano performance and pedagogy, Franz Liszt and Theodor Leschetizky. Rosen completed a Ph.D. in French literature at Princeton in 1951, then sojourned briefly in Paris with the aid of a Fulbright Scholarship. That same year he made his New York debut as a pianist and his first recording: the first-ever release of the complete Debussy Études.

Scholarship has taken Rosen in many directions. His collection of essays, Critical Entertainments, published in 2000 by Harvard University Press, covers topics as diverse as opera and stage fright. The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven (1971), for which he received the National Book Award for Arts and Letters, has long been considered a classic and his newest book, published in June 2005, is Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist. He is a regular contributor of articles on a variety of subjects to the New York Review of Books.

As a lecturer, Rosen held the Charles Eliot Norton Chair of Poetics at Harvard in 1980/1981. This Chair is offered each year to an eminent figure in the arts. A comprehensive volume based on his Harvard lectures, titled The Romantic Generation, appeared in 1995, accompanied by a CD-recording of Rosen's performances of the repertoire discussed in the book. Rosen taught for many years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (from 1971), served as visiting professor at Oxford University in 1988, and was on the faculty of the University of Chicago from 1991 to 1996.

Rosen's discography is as wide ranging as his scholarship, extending from the classic works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the innovative creations of such major twentieth-century composers as Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, and Igor Stravinsky.



EMS series 1950

Haydn, Franz Joseph
   Partita in F major (Notturno No. 4)
   Sonata for Keyboard No. 61 in D Major, H 16, No. 51
   Sonata for Keyboard No. 35 in A-flat Major, H 16, No. 43

EMS Recordings EMS 2

Martinu, Bohuslav
   Etudes and Polkas
   Etude in F (Book III, no. 5)
   Polka in A (Book III, no. 4)
   Etude in F (Book II, no. 5)
   Polka in E (Book II, no. 4)
   Etude in C (Book II, no. 1)
   Les ritournelles


R.E.B. Editions 6

Debussy, Claude
   Douze etudes

R. E. B. Editions 7
Fairfield Chamber Group: Harry Shulman, oboe; David Weber, clarinet; Leonard Sharrow, bassoon; Harold Bennett, flute; Fred Klein, horn.

Poulenc, Francis
   Sextet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and Piano
   Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano


Esoteric Records ESP-3000
Charles Rosen, "Sienna" fortepiano c. 1810

Scarlatti, Domenico
   Sonata for Keyboard in C-sharp minor, L. 256
   Sonata for Keyboard in E Major, L. 221
   Sonata for Keyboard in C Major, L. 202
   Sonata for Keyboard in F Major, L. 432
   Sonata for Keyboard in D Major, L. 107
   Sonata for Keyboard in G Major, L. 487
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Sonata for Piano No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
   Sonata for Piano No. 11 in A Major, "Alla Turca," K. 331 (K. 300i)

Reissues: Counterpoint CPT 3000 / 53000 (1958)
Boston Skyline BSD 131 (1995)


London LL 674
Reinhard Peters, violin.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Sonata No. 32 in B-flat Major for Violin and Piano, K. 454
   Sonata No. 33 in E-flat Major for Violin and Piano, K. 481


Epic LC 3589

Ravel, Maurice
   Gaspard de la nuit
   Le tombeau de Couperin

Epic LC 3709 / BC 1090

Chopin, Frédéric
   Ballade, Op. 52
   Scherzo, Op. 39
   Polonaise, Op. 53
   Mazurka, Op. 6, No. 2
   Mazurkas, Op. 50, Nos. 2 & 3
   Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 2
   Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 2
   Nocturne Op. 62, No. 1


Epic LC 3792 / BC 1140

Schoenberg, Arnold
   Klavierstuck, Op. 33a, Massig
   Klavierstuck, Op. 33b, Massig langsam
   Suite fur Klavier, Op. 25
Stravinsky, Igor
   Serenade in A for Piano
   Sonata for Piano

Columbia ML 5672 / MS 7054
Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky, conductor.

Stravinsky, Igor
   Movements for Piano and Orchestra

Reissues: Sony Classical 46295 (1991)
Sony Classical 64136 (1999)


Epic LC 3830 / BC 1157
Ralph Kirkpatrick, harpsichord; Unknown orchestra, Gustav Meier, conductor.

Carter, Elliott
   Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras

Epic LC 3842 / BC 1242

Debussy, Claude
   Twelve etudes

Epic LC 3850 / BC 1250

Carter, Elliott
   Piano Sonata


Epic LC 3855 / BC 1255

Schubert, Franz
   Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. Posth., D. 959
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Rondo in A minor, K. 511

Epic LC 3869 / BC 1269

Schumann, Robert
   Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6
   Carnival, Op. 9

Reissue: Sony Classical 68345 (1995)


Epic LC 3878 / BC 1278

Liszt, Franz
   Réminiscences de Don Juan (I & II), for piano, after Mozart, S. 418
   Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, S. 161 "Italie": No. 5, Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
   Hungarian Rhapsodies for Piano, S. 244: No. 10 in E Major
Bartók, Béla
   Improvisations, Op.20
   Etudes, Op.18

Reissue of Réminiscences and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10: Sony Classical 62664 (1996)
Reissue of Improvisations: Sony Classical 94726 (2005)


Epic BC LC 3900 / BC 1300

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata for Piano No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
   Sonata for Piano No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"

Reissue: MusicMasters 01612-67183 (1997)


Epic LC 3912 / BC 1312 - "Virtuoso!"

Chopin, Frédéric
   Waltz for Piano, Op. 64, No. 1
Strauss, Johann Jr.
   Wein, Weib, Gesang
Mendelssohn, Felix
Rosenthal, Moritz
   Carnaval de Vienne
Kreisler, Fritz
   Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen
May also include:
Tausig, Carl
   Nouvelles soirées de Vienne
   Man lebt nur einmal
Bizet, Georges

Epic LC 3920 / BC 1320
New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Pritchard, conductor.

Chopin, Frédéric
   Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 11
   Concerto No. 2 in F minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 21

Reissued: Columbia Odyssey 31529 (1972)


Epic LC 3945 / BC 1345

Debussy, Claude
   Images, Book I and II
   La plus que lente
   Hommage à Haydn
   Berceuse héroïque
   L'isle joyeuse


Columbia MS 7191
Paul Jacobs, harpsichord; English Chamber Orchestra, Frederick Prausnitz, conductor.

Carter, Elliott
   Double concerto for Harpsichord and Ppiano, with Two Chamber Orchestras


Odyssey 32 36 0020
Bach, Johann Sebastian
   A Musical Offering: Ricercar in 6 voices, Ricercar in 3 voices
   The Art of Fugue
   The Goldberg Variations

Reissue of Goldberg Variations: Sony Classical SK 48173 (1992)
Reissue of selections from Musical Offering and Art of Fugue: Sony Classical SK 68455 (1995)
Reissue of The Art of Fugue: Sony Classical SK 63231 (1997)

Vanguard VCS 10131

Haydn, Franz Joseph
   Sonata for Keyboard No. 33 in C minor, H. 16, No. 20
   Sonata for Keyboard No. 31 in A-flat Major, H. 16, No. 46
   Sonata for Keyboard No. 32 in G minor, H. 16, No. 44


Columbia M3X 30938

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata for Piano No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
   Sonata for Piano No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
   Sonata for Piano No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106
   Sonata for Piano No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
   Sonata for Piano No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
   Sonata for Piano No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Reissue: Sony Classical S3K 53531 (1994)


CBS 72871

Boulez, Pierre
   Piano sonata No. 1
   Piano sonata No. 3: Trope. Constellation-miroir

Reissue: Columbia M 32161 (1973)

Columbia Odyssey Y 31529
New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Pritchard, conductor.

Liszt, Franz
   Concerto for Piano no 1 in E flat major, S 124

Reissue: CBS Masterworks MK 37804 (1989)


Symphonica SYM 09

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   33 Variations on a Waltz Theme of Diabelli, Op. 120

Reissue: Carlton Classics/Innov Music 6700112 (1996)

Peters International PLE024
Symphonica of London, Wyn Morris, conductor.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Concerto for Piano No.5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, "Emperor"

Co-issue: Symphonica SYM 10 (1977)
Symphonica Unknown Issue
Symphonica of London, Wyn Morris, conductor.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 16
   Concerto for Piano No. 2 in G Major, Op. 58

Reissue: Carlton Classics/Innov Music 6700162 (1996)


Columbia Masterworks M4 35193 - "The Complete Works of Anton Webern, Vol. 1"
Pierre Boulez, conductor; Heather Harper, soprano; Halina Lukomska, soprano; Isaac Stern, violin; Gregor Piatigorsky, cello; Daniel Majeske, violin; Robert Marcellus, clarinet; Abraham Weinstein, saxophone.

   Five Songs, Op. 3
   Five Songs, Op. 4
   Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7
   Three Little Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11
   Four Lieder, Op. 12
   Quartet for Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Piano and Violin, Op. 22
   3 Songs, Op. 23
   Three Songs, Op. 25
   Variations for Piano, Op. 27
   Rosen may play on other works in addition to these.

Reissued: Sony Classical SK 45845 (1991)

Library of Congress Concert, 1978-10-07.
LWO 12474
Charles Rosen, performance and lecture

Carter, Elliott
   Piano Sonata


Nonesuch 78010 - "Beethoven: The Great Middle-Period Sonatas"

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata for Piano No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1
   Sonata for Piano No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 "Tempest"
   Sonata for Piano No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3
   Sonata for Piano No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
   Sonata for Piano No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
   Sonata for Piano No. 24 in F-sharp Major, Op. 78 "A Thérèse"
   Sonata for Piano No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a "The Farewell"


Etcetera ETC 1008

Carter, Elliott
   Night fantasies
   Piano sonata

Reissue: Bridge 9090 (1997)

Library of Congress Symposium 1983-05-05 - "International Brahms Conference"
RWA 5595-5599

"Brahms the Subversive" - lecture by Charles Rosen

Library of Congress Concert, 1983-05-07
RWA 5615-5616
Robert Gerle, violin; Richard Todd, horn; Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Robert Gerle, conductor.

Brahms, Johannes
   Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40
   Vier Klavierstucke, Op. 119
   Serenade in A Major, Op. 16


Nonesuch 79062 - "Schumann: The Revolutionary Masterpieces"

Schumann, Robert
   Impromptus on a theme of Clara Wieck, Op. 5
   Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
   Carnaval, Op. 9
   Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 11
   Kreisleriana, Op.16
   Dichtungen für das Pianoforte: first version of the Fantasy in C major

Reissue: Globe GLO 5001 (1988)


Nonesuch 79122

Beethoven, Ludwig van
Sonata for Piano No. 12 in A-flat Major, Op. 26 "Funeral march"
Sonata for Piano No. 13 in E-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 1
Sonata for Piano No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight"
Bagatelles, Op. 119


Globe 5028

Chopin, Frédéric
   Mazurkas for Piano, Op. 6, Nos. 1-4
   Mazurka for Piano, Op. 7, No. 3
   Mazurka for Piano, Op. 17, No. 4
   Mazurkas for Piano, Op. 24, Nos. 1-4
   Mazurka for Piano, Op. 33, No. 2
   Mazurkas for Piano Op. 41, Nos. 1-4
   Mazurkas for Piano, Op. 50, Nos. 1-3
   Mazurkas for Piano, Op. 56, Nos. 1-3
   Mazurkas for Piano, Op. 63, Nos. 1-3

Music and Arts 609

Chopin, Frédéric
   Polonaise-fantasy No. 7 for Piano in A-flat Major, Op. 61
   Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35
   Ballade for Piano No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
   Ballade for Piano No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
   Barcarolle for Piano in F-sharp Major, Op. 60


Sony Classical 64535

Bartók Béla
   Sonata No. 1, Op. 21
   Sonata No. 2

Music Masters 01612-67154 - "The Romantic Generation"

Chopin, Frédéric
   Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
   Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
   My Joys (arr. Liszt)
Liszt, Franz
   Reminiscences of Don Juan
   Die Loreliy
Schumann, Robert
   Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6


Bridge Records 9090 - "Elliott Carter: The Complete Music for Piano"

Carter, Elliott
   Piano sonata
   Night fantasies
   Elliott Carter and Charles Rosen in conversation

2nd and 3rd works first issued on Etcetera ETC 1008 in 1983.


Bridge 9128

Carter, Elliott
   Two Diversions


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