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The rest is noise : listening to the twentieth century

Author: Alex Ross
Publisher: New York : Picador : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2009?], ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Ross
ISBN: 0312427719 9780312427719
OCLC Number: 319711696
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2007.
Awards: Short-listed for Guardian First Book Award 2008
Description: xviii, 695 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: pt. 1. 1900-1933. --
The golden age : Strauss, Mahler, and the fin de siècle --
Doctor Faust : Schoenberg, Debussy, and atonality --
Dance of the earth : the Rite, the folk, le jazz --
Invisible men : American composers from Ives to Ellington --
Apparition from the woods : the loneliness of Jean Sibelius --
City of nets : Berlin in the twenties --
pt. 2. 1933-1945. --
The art of fear : music in Stalin's Russia --
Music for all : music in FDR's America --
Death fugue : music in Hitler's Germany --
pt. 3. 1945-2000. --
Zero hour : the U.S. army and German music, 1945-1949 --
Brave new world : the Cold War and the avant-garde of the fifties --
"Grimes! Grimes!" : the passion of Benjamin Britten --
Zion Park : Messiaen, Ligeti, and the avant-garde of the sixties --
Beethoven was wrong : bop, rock, and the minimalists --
Sunken cathedrals : music at century's end.
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In this sweeping and dramatic narrative, Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, weaves together the histories of the twentieth century and its music, from Vienna before the First World War to  Read more...

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"The Rest Is Noise is a great achievement. Rilke once wrote of how he learned to stand 'more seeingly' in front of certain paintings. Ross enables us to listen more hearingly." --Geoff Dyer, The New Read more...

 
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