Alex ross has been the music critic of the new yorker since 1996 his first book the international bestseller the rest is noise listening to the twentieth century was a finalist for the pulitzer prize and won a national book critics circle awardhis second book the essay collection listen to this received an ascap deems taylor awardhe was named a macarthur fellow in 2008 and a guggenheim . The rest is noise is an astonishing history of the twentieth century as told through its music product details about the author read an excerpt table of contents product details isbn 13 9780312427719 publisher picador publication date 10 14 2008 edition description first edition pages 720 sales rank 59356 product dimensions 540w x 820h x 130d about the author . The rest is noise is mainly a history book charting the careers of many of the 20th century composers ranging from early innovators like schoenberg and stravinsky to modern minimalists such as la monte young and phillip glass throughout the book ross makes an effort to show the cultural and historical events that cause the composers to write ross also spends the time to describe the . 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 more and lines from t s eliot are quoted on the yearbook pages of alienated teenagers across the land twentieth century classical music. 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 strausss salome conducted by the composer on 16 may 1906 with puccini
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