Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
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ISBN
9781841154763
Date Released
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Paperback
Pages
624
Dimensions
153 x 234mm

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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 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.
ISBN:
9781841154763
Publication Date:
01 / 04 / 2009
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
153 x 234mm

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