The Rest Is Noise

Listening to the Twentieth Century

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429932882

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 5818

The scandal over modern music has not died down. While paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. At the same time, the influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Alex Ross, the brilliant music critic for The New Yorker, shines a bright light on this secret world, and shows how it has pervaded every corner of twentieth century life. The Rest Is Noise takes the reader inside the labyrinth of modern sound. It tells of maverick personalities who have resisted the cult of the classical past, struggled against the indifference of a wide public, and defied the will of dictators. Whether they have charmed audiences with the purest beauty or battered them with the purest noise, composers have always been exuberantly of the present, defying the stereotype of classical music as a dying art. Ross, in this sweeping and dramatic narrative, takes us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of dramatic new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, riots, and friendships forged and broken. In the tradition of Simon Schama's The Embarrassment of Riches and Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club, the end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.

The Rest Is Noise

Listening to the Twentieth Century

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0374249393

Category: History

Page: 624

View: 420

The scandal over modern music has not died--while paintings by Picasso and Pollock sell for millions of dollars, works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. Yet the influence of modern music can be felt ev

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007380860

Category: Music

Page: 640

View: 4816

Alex Ross’s sweeping history of twentieth-century classical music, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, is a gripping account of a musical revolution.

Listen to This

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429977616

Category: Music

Page: 384

View: 7039

One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books 2011 Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross describes his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of his writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us how to listen more closely.

The Rest Is Noise Series: Dance of the Earth: The Rite, the Folk, le Jazz

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007519575

Category: Music

Page: 55

View: 5959

This is a chapter from Alex Ross’s groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, ‘The Rest is Noise’. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.

What to Listen For in Music

Author: Aaron Copland

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101513144

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 9252

Now in trade paperback: ?The definitive guide to musical enjoyment? (Forum). In this fascinating analysis of how to listen to both contemporary and classical music analytically, eminent American composer Aaron Copland offers provocative suggestions that will bring readers a deeper appreciation of the most viscerally rewarding of all art forms.

The Rest Is Noise Series: Apparition from the Woods: The Loneliness of Jean Sibelius

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007519591

Category: Music

Page: 30

View: 6393

This is a chapter from Alex Ross’s groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, ‘The Rest is Noise’. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.

The Rest Is Noise Series: Zero Hour: The U.S. Army and German Music, 1945–1949

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007522118

Category: Music

Page: 30

View: 3864

This is a chapter from Alex Ross’s groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, ‘The Rest is Noise’. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.

The Rest Is Noise Series: Doctor Faust: Schoenberg, Debussy, and Atonality

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007519567

Category: Music

Page: 50

View: 6661

This is a chapter from Alex Ross’s groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, ‘The Rest is Noise’. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.

Listening through the Noise

The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music

Author: Joanna Demers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019977448X

Category: Music

Page: 216

View: 8845

Contemporary electronic music has splintered into numerous genres and subgenres, all of which share a concern with whether sound, in itself, bears meaning. Listening through the Noise considers how the experience of listening to electronic music constitutes a departure from the expectations that have long governed music listening in the West.

The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Author: Richard Taruskin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520268059

Category: Music

Page: 488

View: 3836

"Taruskin's work is a major contribution to thinking about music in the broadest sense. The book is lucid, powerful, varied, self-aware, and courageous. It is the very best work being done today, not just in musicology, but in any discipline."—Michael Beckerman, author of New Worlds of Dvorák

The History of Jazz

Author: Ted Gioia

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195399706

Category: History

Page: 444

View: 3743

A panoramic history of the genre brings to life the diverse places in which jazz evolved, traces the origins of its various styles, and offers commentary on the music itself.

American Music in the Twentieth Century

Author: Kyle Gann

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780495146353

Category: Music

Page: 400

View: 7700

Kyle Gann examines the characteristic sounds of the diverse movements in American art music from Charles Ives to the present day. He sketches the changing social and cultural contexts of American concert music through the study of representative works of music and key individuals.

Music after the Fall

Modern Composition and Culture since 1989

Author: Tim Rutherford-Johnson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520959043

Category: Music

Page: 368

View: 3755

Music after the Fall is the first book to survey contemporary Western art music within the transformed political, cultural, and technological environment of the post–Cold War era. In this book, Tim Rutherford-Johnson considers musical composition against this changed backdrop, placing it in the context of globalization, digitization, and new media. Drawing connections with the other arts, in particular visual art and architecture, he expands the definition of Western art music to include forms of composition, experimental music, sound art, and crossover work from across the spectrum, inside and beyond the concert hall. Each chapter is a critical consideration of a wide range of composers, performers, works, and institutions, and develops a broad and rich picture of the new music ecosystem, from North American string quartets to Lebanese improvisers, from electroacoustic music studios in South America to ruined pianos in the Australian outback. Rutherford-Johnson puts forth a new approach to the study of contemporary music that relies less on taxonomies of style and technique than on the comparison of different responses to common themes of permission, fluidity, excess, and loss.

Leo Ornstein

Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices

Author: Michael Broyles,Denise Von Glahn

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253028663

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 408

View: 4951

Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices traces the meteoric rise and heretofore inexplicable disappearance of the Russian-American, futurist-anarchist, pianist-composer from his arrival in the United States in 1906 through a career that lasted nearly a century. Outliving his admirers and critics by decades Leo Ornstein passed away in 2002 at the age of 108. Frequently compared to Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, for a time Ornstein enjoyed a kind a celebrity granted few living musicians. And then he turned his back on it all. This first, full-length biographical study draws upon interviews, journals, and letters from a wide circle of Ornstein's friends and acquaintances to track the Ornstein family as it escaped the horrors of the Russian pogroms, and it situates the Russian-Jewish-American musician as he carved out an identity amidst World War I, the flu pandemic, and the Red Scare. While telling Leo Ornstein's story, the book also illuminates the stories of thousands of immigrants with similar harrowing experiences. It also explores the immeasurable impact of his unexpected marriage in 1918 to Pauline Mallet-Prevost, a Park Avenue debutante. Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices finds Ornstein at the center of several networks that included artists John Marin, William Zorach, Leon Kroll, writers and activists Paul Rosenfeld, Waldo Frank, Edmund Wilson, and Clair Reis, the Stieglitz Circle, and a group of English composers known as the Frankfurt Five. Ornstein's story challenges directly the traditional chronology and narrative regarding musical modernism in America and its close relation to the other arts.

The Rest Is Noise Series: City of Nets: Berlin in the Twenties

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 000752207X

Category: Music

Page: 30

View: 8993

This is a chapter taken from Alex Ross’s groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, The Rest is Noise.

The Rest Is Noise Series: Sunken Cathedrals: Music at Century’s End

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007522193

Category: Music

Page: 30

View: 7213

This is a chapter from Alex Ross’s groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, ‘The Rest is Noise’. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.

The Rest Is Noise Series: Invisible Men: American Composers from Ives to Ellington

Author: Alex Ross

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007519583

Category: Music

Page: 45

View: 4995

This is a chapter from Alex Ross’s groundbreaking history of twentieth-century classical music, ‘The Rest is Noise’. Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programme.

What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth

A Memoir of Brotherhood

Author: Rigoberto González

Publisher: Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Au

ISBN: 9780299316907

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 6655

A bittersweet chronicle of the complexities of Latino masculinity and the bond between two brothers haunted by traumas of their childhood.