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The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award A sweeping musical history that goes from the salons of pre-war Vienna to Velvet Underground shows in the sixties. In 'The Rest is Noise', Alex Ross, music critic of the New Yorker, gives us a riveting tour of the wild landscape of twentieth-century classical music: portraits of individuals, cultures, and nations reveal the predicament of the composer in a noisy, chaotic century. Taking as his starting point a production of Richard Strauss's Salome, conducted by the composer on 16 May 1906 with Puccini, Schoenberg, Berg and Adolf Hitler seated in the stalls, Ross suggests how this evening can be considered the century's musical watershed rather than the riotous premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring seven years later. Ross goes on to explore the mythology of modernism, Sibelius and the music of small countries, Kurt Weill, the music of the Third Reich, Britten, Boulez and the post-war avant-garde, and interactions between minimalist composers and rock bands in the sixties and seventies.

Music & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresWestern "classical" music Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 13/12/2008 ISBN-13: 9781841154763  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alex Ross has been the music critic of the `New Yorker' since 1996. From 1992 to 1996 he wrote for the `New York Times'. His first book, `The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century', published in 2007, was awarded the Guardian First Book Award and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer and Samuel Johnson prizes. In 2008 he became a MacArthur Fellow. A native of Washington, DC, he now lives in Manhattan.

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Great gift for anyone interested in music (ie. anyone). The topic would be interesting enough but Ross manages to step outside the subject of music to relate each essay to the wider world, creating a truly stimulating read.

- 19/01/2015
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A brilliant survey of 20th Century music full of interesting background information. Its a first class reference work written in an entertaining style.

- 13/04/2013
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