Charles Rosen dies aged 85

10 December 2012, 16:50

Renowned pianist and music academic who wrote The Classical Style died in New York City yesterday.

Music scholar and pianist Charles Rosen has died in New York. He was 85.

Born in 1927, Rosen studied piano with Moriz Rosenthal, a student of Liszt. As a concert pianist, Rosen recorded works by 20th Century composers Stravinsky, Carter, and Boulez at the invitation of the composer.

Despite never formally studying musicology, Rosen's most famous piece of writing is his 1971 academic work, The Classical Style, studying the work of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. He also wrote The Romantic Generation in 1995, highlighting the work of composers including Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Mendelssohn.

He published his most recent book, Music and Sentiment, in 2010. In February 2012 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.