The Rest is Noise : Listening to the Twentieth Century, Paperback

The Rest is Noise : Listening to the Twentieth Century Paperback

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Alex Ross's sweeping history of twentieth-century classical music, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, is a gripping account of a musical revolution.

The landscape of twentieth-century classical music is a wild one: this was a period in which music fragmented into apparently divergent strands, each influenced by its own composers, performers and musical innovations.

In this comprehensive tour, Alex Ross, music critic for the 'New Yorker', explores the people and places that shaped musical development: Adams to Zweig, Brahms to Bjork, pre-First World War Vienna to 'Nixon in China'.

Above all, this unique portrait of an exceptional era weaves together art, politics and cultural history to show how twentieth-century classical music was both a symptom and a source of immense social change.

This edition includes a definitive list of the greatest recordings of twentieth-century music.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640 pages, ports
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Music: styles & genres
  • ISBN: 9781841154763



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A masterly synthesis of a huge subject. Ross manages to describe the often undescribable , and at the same time links it all adroitly to the enormous political currents of that crazy century we only just made it through. If you have ever been daunted by the edifice of twentieth century classical music, this book is the perfect place to find your way in.

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