June 8, 1995
Vol. 14, No. 19

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    Rosen elected to Philosophical Society

    Charles Rosen, an internationally acclaimed pianist and a distinguished scholar and author in music history and analysis, was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society at the society's annual meeting.

    Rosen, Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and in Music, has been a member of the University faculty since 1988. He is also Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Music at SUNY at Stony Brook.

    He is the author of numerous books in musicology, including The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, which won the National Book Award in 1971. The book is now translated into six languages and is considered essential reading for music students at universities and colleges throughout the United States.

    Rosen has been studying music since the age of 4, and he was enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music at the age of 6. At age 11, he began studying with Moritz Rosenthal, who was a pupil of Franz Liszt. Rosen received his Ph.D. in French literature from Princeton in 1951, the same year he made his critically acclaimed New York debut.

    In addition to performing extensive concert tours throughout the world, he has recorded for such labels as Sony and Nonesuch. Some of the most distinguished 20th-century composers have called upon Rosen to record their works: Igor Stravinsky invited him to record "Movement for Piano and Orchestra," and Elliott Carter invited him to record "Double Concerto."

    Rosen is among 46 scholars to be elected this year to the American Philosophical Society, which was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 and is the oldest learned society in the United States.

    The society promotes "excellence and useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources and community service."