When recordings replaced concerts as the dominant mode of hearing music, our conception of the nature of performance and of music itself was altered.
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A love of classical music is only partially a natural response to hearing the works performed, it also must come about by a decision to listen carefully, to pay close attention, a decision inevitably motivated by the cultural and social prestige of the art.
The belief may be too often mistaken, but the illusion of coming into direct contact with the past is intoxicating and persuasive, and can result in an interpretation that carries conviction. Sometimes confidence is all that’s needed.
|Birth:||5th May, 1927|
|Death:||9th December, 2012|
|Profession:||Pianist, Professor, Writer|
Charles Welles Rosen was born in New York City. He was an American pianist and writer. He is remembered for his career as a concert pianist, for his recordings, and for his many writings, notably the book The Classical Style. In 1955, he recorded six Scarlatti's sonatas and Mozart's sonata K. 333 on the historical Siena piano. In 1971, Rosen published his first and most famous book, The Classical Style. This work was highly successful, winning a National Book Award; and initiated a long series of books. At various points in his career Rosen took positions as a university professor.
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