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Alex Ross í 0 READY point into that most venerable of Western art forms classical musicI first became acuainted with this book in my late teens By that time I already immersed myself ite heavily in free jazz noise and the like But classical music the 20th century variety had thus far eluded my nderstanding Like many otherwise adventurous young listeners I felt overwhelmed by the plethora of composers performers and recordings to choose from And in this regard avant jazz was comparatively speaking pretty straightforward all you needed to do was track yourself down a copy of Interstellar Space or Free Jazz or Spiritual Unity With composed music the problem was knowing where the hell you should even startEnter The Rest Is Noise Over the course of fifteen chapters "WHICH TRACE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN "trace the development of modern from Strauss and Mahler p Design for Six Sigma until the present age Ross examines the seminal musical works of the 20th century as well as the social and political contexts that birthed them It s all terribly fascinating stuff But history only makesp one side of the coin and the book concludes with a list of recommended recordings a comprehensive list may be found on Ross website to guide the inexperienced listener through the disorienting terrain of aural source materialYet this book doesn t only tell you what to listen to it also teaches you how to listen Gifted with an arresting propensity for translating sounds into words Ross occasionally devotes a few pages to a single piece of music explaining how a particular snare drum pattern in a Shostakovich symphony say might function as a subtle critiue of authoritarianism or how the retrograde rhythms in a Messiaen chamber work serve to hinder the audience s perception of time And by means of these descriptions Ross deftly inculcates the art of deep listening of knowing how to successfully parse a swirling miasma of tones textures and timbresIn short The Rest Is Noise is an effective gateway drug into the wild and mystifying world of 20th century classical music And so I say Bravo bravo as I rise for a standing ovationPS If anyone would like some cla. Ers Minimalism has had a huge effect on rock pop and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward The Rest Is Noise shows why twentieth century composers felt compelled to create a famously bewildering variety of sounds from the purest beauty to the purest noise It tells of a remarkable array of maverick personalities who 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 sweet sounds or battered them with dissonance composers have alwa. Alex Ross wonderful trip to the 20th Century via the world of music and it s composers As I mentioned I had very knowledge of classical music especially modern I knew Glass Reich Satie but overall this is pretty much a new world music wiseSaying that this is also the history of cultural life in the 20th Century The best chapeters deal with Nazi Germany and Stalin s Russia and how they sed music and how it affected the composers of that place and timeIn a distant way the book reminds me of The City
of Nets in that there are many stories being told because some ofNets in that there are many stories being told because some of are real characters but also for
"ME THERE WERE SOME DRY AREAS "there were some dry areas sure because of the text or the writer s focus or maybe it s just the subject matter But overall I think this book is pretty essential in not only music history but also how music interacts with societyculture of that time Ross is really good at giving the big picture Who says history is boring And who says classical music died with Wagner Well I have actually always liked history but was largely nfamiliar with 20c classical music ntil I read Ross excellent The Rest is Noise Alex Ross does an amazing job of writing the history of the 20c in classical music starting at the waning but overwhelming influence of Wagner on early 20c composers like Schoenberg and Stravinsky through the onset of atonal music and on through the wars and the crazy 60 s I had NO idea that classical music was so incredibly rich and interesting particularly in the previous century I don t want to spoil anything here because it is incredibly readable and you will learn on nearly every page I am still trying to get through all the recordings that he posted on his book s website which could serve as a fore taste of how great this book is Don t walk but run to and grab a copy I liked it so much that I bought the seuel Listen to Thishappy reading This isn t something I say lightly but pretty much everyone should consider reading Alex Ross The Rest Is Noise Why Because a it makes for a riveting work of political and cultural history and b it provides a layman s entr. The Rest Is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century is a voyage into the labyrinth of modern music which remains an obscure world for most people While paintings of Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or and lines from T S Eliot are oted on the yearbook pages of alienated teenagers across the land twentieth century classical music still sends ripples of Wciv, Volume 1 unease through audiences At the same time its influence can be felt everywhere Atonal chords cropp in jazz Avant garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrill. Ssical recommendations shoot me a message and I d be than happy to oblige Save for perhaps the illiterate and the hopelessly tone deaf I think this book is best read and listened to at the same time it really adds to it As such I created a Youtube playlist to go along with your read which you can find here you re looking for a listen with better sound Even Monsters Need Haircuts uality and don t mind finding them yourselves I can t blame you then here is the list of songs that I thought captured the bookRichard Strauss Also Sprach ZarathustraGustav Mahler Symphony No 8Claude Debussy Arabesue IClaude Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a FaunArnold Schoenberg Verkl rte NachtAnton Webern Six Pieces for OrchestraIgor Stravinsky Rite of SpringDarius Milhaud ScaramoucheWill Marion Cook Swing AlongCharles Ives The UnansweredestionGeorge Gershwin Rhapsody in BlueJean Sibelius Symphony No 2 Paul Hindemith Sonate per viola e pianoforteLouis Armstrong Mack the KnifeArnold Schoenberg JakobsleiterAlban Berg Lulu SuiteDmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 5Aaron Copland Appalachian SpringJohn Cage Music of ChangesKarlheinz Stockhausen TelemusikBenjamin Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Olivier Messiaen artet for the End of TimeMorton Feldman Rothko ChapelJohn Adams Common Tones in Simple Time This book took me way
Too Long To Read Whichlong to read which a little strange because I found it very interesting and ite inspiring I m tempted to give it five stars but I m too much of a dilettante when it comes to cough serious music to not necessarily take everything that the author is saying at face value I do have two complaints about the books though the first is that the author clearly dislikes the one of the few people I probably do count as an actual hero of mine I don t hold it strongly against him that he finds Adorno to what s the word not necessarily wrong but some kind of extremist snob for lack
of a better word every time adorno makesa better word Every time Adorno makes appearance on these pages he comes across like a rapid attack dog of anti everything except for strict Schoenberg non mass appeal Which might be true I ve never really delved into his Ys been exuberantly of the present defying the stereotype of classical music as a dying art The narrative goes 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 The end result is not so much a history of twentieth century music as a history of the twentieth century through its mus.