Jim Holt

Jim Holt’s latest book is Why Does the World Exist? (December 2015)

  • Charles Rosen's Lost Masterpiece

    July 27, 2013

    Frédéric Chopin was “the greatest master of counterpoint since Mozart”—so claimed the late pianist and author Charles Rosen in a 1987 review in these pages. At the time I read this, it came as a double surprise to me. I had never thought of Chopin’s music as having a lot of contrapuntal interest. I had always imagined it to stress sonority over structure, to be more emotional—even sentimental—than intellectual: a sort of higher mood music.