Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY
Sunday Afternoon, February 9, 1992, at 4:00 Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Charles Rosen is represented by Columbia Artists Management Inc., New York City.
Twenty-second Concert of the 113th Season 21st Annual Choice Series
Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1 ..............Frederic Chopin
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60 ..................Chopin
F-sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 1 C major, Op. 24, No. 2
C-sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 2 A-flat major, Op. 50, No. 2
A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 C-sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3
Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61 ...............Chopin
Thirty-three Variations on a Waltz
by Diabelli, Op. 120..................Ludwig van Beethoven
1. Alia marcia maestoso
2. Poco allegro
3. L'istesso tempo
4Un poco piu vivace
5. Allegro vivace
6. Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
7. Un poco piu allegro
8. Poco vivace
9. Allegro pesante e risoluto
12. Un poco piu moto
14. Grave e maestoso
15. Presto scherzando
16. Allegro --
17. L'istesso tempo
18. Poco moderato
21. Allegro con brio: Meno allegro
22. Allegro molto alia "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart
23. Allegro assai
27. Vivace: L'istesso tempo
29. Adagio ma non troppo
30. Andante sempre cantabile
31. Largo, molto espressivo --
32. Fuga: Allegro --
33. Tempo di minuetto moderato
About the Artist
Charles Rosen is internationally renowned as one of the out?standing keyboard artists of our time and as a writer and lecturer of extraordinary perception in the fields of music, literature, and intellectual history. His commanding performances have been heard by audiences in major concert halls and at leading festivals throughout the world. His unique combination of musical sensitivity and erudition produces interpreta?tions of exceptional understanding and im?pact. As a faculty member and the holder of distinguished chairs and visiting professor?ships, he has taught and lectured at leading universities in the United States and abroad, including the University of Chicago and Harvard and Oxford Universities.
Born in New York City in 1927, Charles Rosen began, at the age of four, to pick out tunes he heard his mother playing. His parents enrolled him at The Juilliard School of Music when he was six, and the following year he played for the famed pianist Leopold Godowsky, who was astonished at the young boy's facility. At eleven, Mr. Rosen left Juilliard to study with Moritz Rosenthal, a pupil of Liszt, and with Rosenthal's wife, Hedwig, a pupil of Leschetizky. In 1951, the year he completed his doctoral work at Princeton, Mr. Rosen received widespread critical acclaim for his New York debut, which launched his per-forming career.
A distinguished recording artist, Charles Rosen's extensive, highly diverse dis-cography includes works ranging from Scar?latti to Schoenberg. His most recent recordings, released in September 1990, are three compact discs devoted to music of Chopin. He performs Mazurkas and two So?natas -the B-minor Sonata and the Cello Sonata (with David James) -on two record?ings from Globe. His Chopin recital on the Music and Arts label includes the B-flat minor Sonata, two Ballades, and the Barca?rolle. Several of Mr. Rosen's definitive re?cordings have been reissued on compact disc: the great Beethoven middle-period sonatas in a double volume set from Globe; three vol?umes of Schumann's music entitled "The Revolutionary Masterpieces," also on Globe;
Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Sir John Pritchard and the New Philharmonia Orches?tra for Sony Classical; and Elliott Carter's Sonata and Night Fantasies on Etcetera.
The most distinguished twentieth-cen?tury composers have called upon Mr. Rosen to record their works: Igor Stravinsky invited him to record his Movements for Piano and Orchestra, and Elliott Carter, his Double Concerto. Asked by Pierre Boulez to record his complete piano works, Mr. Rosen has begun work on this project. The initial album in the series won the Edison Prize in Holland. Mr. Rosen also participated in a recording of the complete piano, vocal, and chamber works of Anton Webern, in collaboration with Isaac Stern, Heather Harper, and the late Gregor Piatigorsky.
Among Charles Rosen's most highly acclaimed recordings are the three-record sets "The Last Keyboard Works of Johann Sebas?tian Bach" and "The Last Six Beethoven Sonatas." Having received a Grammy Award nomination for his recording of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Mr. Rosen featured this work when he performed and lectured on "The Late Beethoven," in two widely praised television programs produced by the BBC.
Highlights of Mr. Rosen's 1990-91 en?gagements included performances of the music of Elliott Carter, of which he is a leading exponent, in Paris, Vienna, Hanno?ver, and Moscow. He gave a major address before the American Symphony Orchestra League and, during the summer, performed recitals in Italy, France, and Canada.
Mr. Rosen began his 1991-92 season with concerto appearances, master classes, and lectures in Brazil and gave the opening address and a recital at the University of Vermont's symposium on the Eighteenth Century. He celebrated the Mozart bicenten?nial with a lecture and recital at Cambridge University in November and plays Mozart's "Coronation" concerto on a tour of Califor?nia with the Sofia (Bulgaria) Chamber Or?chestra. In addition, he gave a master class and recital at the University of Houston, and he is currently in a three-week residency at the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities, during which he performs this afternoon's recital. In June, Mr. Rosen will participate in a Beethoven Festival in San Francisco and will also perform on the final concert program marking the 50th anniver?sary of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. His European engagements include re?citals in Paris and Toulouse, France.
A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Charles Rosen studied French literature in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar, going on to earn both an M.A. and a Ph.D in French literature. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Award and was twice named by Phi Beta Kappa as a visiting scholar. The most recent additions to his long list of awards are honorary doc?torates from Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Leeds in England.
Mr. Rosen is Professor of Music and Thought at the University of Chicago, where he gives an annual seminar. He regularly tours throughout the United States, giving concerts and lectures at leading colleges and universities. In 1987-88, he was George East?man Professor at Oxford University in Eng?land, and while there, gave a series of lectures and recitals. He gave the Ernest Bloch lec?tures at the University of California and, in 1990-91, was appointed to the Charles Elliott Norton Chair of Poetry at Harvard Univer?sity. In that appointment, he joined the company of such distinguished past holders of this prestigious chair as Leonard Bernstein,
Aaron Copland, Igor Stravinsky, T. S. Eliot, e.e. cummings, Robert Frost, and Ben Shahn. Mr. Rosen's series of six public Nor?ton lectures will be published in book and cassette form by Harvard University Press.
In addition to his distinction as a pianist, lecturer, and recording artist, Charles Rosen has won great acclaim as an author. His first book, The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven (Viking Press), won the National Book Award in 1972. Now consid?ered essential reading for music students at many colleges, it is published in five lan?guages. The London Times picked The Classi?cal Style as the best book for 1971. Mr. Rosen followed this literary triumph with the highly successful Arnold Schoenberg, which earned the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Another book, Sonata Form, published by W.W. Nor?ton in the U.S. and by Schott in England, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Rosen collaborated with art historian Henri Zerner on another book, Romanticism and Realism -The Mythology of Nineteenth'Century Art (Viking Press, 1984). He regularly contrib?utes articles to the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, and writes the liner notes on all his own recordings.
Charles Rosen gives his first perfor?mance for the University Musical Society this afternoon, during his three-week residency at the U-M's Institute for the Humanities.