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The rest is noise : listening to the twentieth century

Author: Alex Ross
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView 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: Prof's picks
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Ross
ISBN: 9780374249397 0374249393 9780312427719 0312427719
OCLC Number: 82172875
Awards: Guardian First Book Award, 2008.
Long listed for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, 2009.
Description: xiv, 624 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 --
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 --
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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The inspiration behind the South Bank Centre's year-long festival of 20th century music, Alex Ross's masterpiece is a sweeping musical history from pre-war Vienna to the Velvet Underground.  Read more...

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'Alex Ross's incredibly nourishing book will rekindle anyone's fire for music.' Bjork 'One of the best living writers about rock .' Steven Poole, Guardian 'Picks for 2008' 'A superb and inclusive Read more...

 
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