Books, articles, and a blog by the music critic of The New Yorker. Alex Ross's second book, Listen To This, consists of a series of what appear to be New Yorker profiles. He has been music critic for that journal since Alex Ross - Listen to This (epub) - dokument [*.epub] FOR DANIEL ZALEWSKI AND DAVID REMNICK,,, I follow with my eyes the proud and futile wake. Which.

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The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century Author: Alex Ross Listening through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music. Listen to This [Alex Ross] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books Alex Ross's award-winning. Listen To This. A classical kid learns to love pop-and wonders why he has to make a choice. By Alex Ross. February 8, I hate “classical music”: not the.

This is both a reference book and social commentary, reflecting both the past and future of all forms of music, but especially classical music. Suggested recordings included.

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Ross talks about the social changes technology has imposed, and the cultural changes fewer kids taking music lessons that threaten the future of live music. Useful and interesting. Dec 28, Smh rated it did not like it.

What a disappointment. I had high expectations for this book and found it annoying in every way. Some of the writing about classical music was interesting but mostly it went on too long with nothing really to say. The discussions of "popular" music was just ridiculous. Don't waste your time. Is it possible to give a book zero stars? Mar 17, Brian Lawlor rated it really liked it.

Excellent book, truly inspiring however without listening to the pieces being discussed, it can be hard work at times. Will be downloading some of this music when I can. Wonderful essays. Sep 23, David Meldrum rated it really liked it Shelves: A collection of the author's pieces on music for The New Yorker magazine, this has all the qualities of reading someone who is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his field. There's real breadth here, too - from Mozart to Radiohead, equally comfortable and informative on all of them.

I love music but I'm a non-musician, and as such found some of it slightly too technical, but it's never less than readable and engaging.

I'm also still fairly new to classical music, and as such I learned a l A collection of the author's pieces on music for The New Yorker magazine, this has all the qualities of reading someone who is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his field. I'm also still fairly new to classical music, and as such I learned a lot from it and will money allowing be encouraged to branch out in my listening more than I have done.

The writing is beautiful at times, and the subject is never dry; this is an enthusiast communicating his passion. Jun 10, Erik Caswell rated it liked it. I did love the chapter on Bjork. I guess I'm more interested in what music means to people who listen and who make it in relatable, human terms jesus christ music theory and history is expansive and involved. I guess I'm more interested in what music means to people who listen and who make it in relatable, human terms.

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

Oct 01, Dmitry Kosiak marked it as gave-up-on Shelves: I think the only way to enjoy this book is to listen to the audio version with fragments of music author's talking about if this version ever exists. So I gave up on text version after the second chapter 'Chacona' melody was great, I listened to it on YouTube after reading that passage about 'dance given by devil'. Not an entirely easy read because I wasn't interested in all the music or musicians covered in this collection of essays.

I did enjoy parts of it, like the first few essays, the sections on Bjork, Mozart, Radiohead, Bob Dylan and classical music in China. Thanks to an internet-linked guide of music referenced in this collection I also found some new pieces to check out and follow up. Oct 03, Ramsey Carroll rated it it was amazing. Awesome read. Reads like a series of essays that could all be read individually, but it even better when read in conjunction and sequence.

Would recommend taking chapter by chapter, with time in between to read the wikipedia article, biographical information, other major articles and listen to works by each highlighted artist. Overall, great stuff.

Very interesting and entertaining.


Dense and masterful. Ross's musical breadth is staggering and you're always huffing and puffing to keep up as he strides across genres, centuries, and thoughts. But it's a good workout, and your motivating tunes are built in. For someone who loves music and wants more reasons for doing so.

Sep 27, Erika Verhagen rated it really liked it. Great essayist, minimal bad ekphrasis.

Jul 30, Jeremy Cuebas rated it it was amazing. Great collection of essays from a fantastic writer about music. Jun 23, Andrea rated it really liked it. Excellent and essential! Jan 04, Greg Talbot rated it really liked it. Not too many young people are raised on "classical" music onto to encounter pop music the way Ross was.

He claims to not have listened to pop until his college years, and slowly tear apart his musicial elitism with Bob Dylan and Sonic Youth. Most inspiring, he imbues the pop music he loves with the adult feeling that we too often look back to with adolescent wistfulness. Ross's collection of New Yorker essays have such a comfort ability with the pop world, and such a unique perspective on modern Not too many young people are raised on "classical" music onto to encounter pop music the way Ross was.

Ross's collection of New Yorker essays have such a comfort ability with the pop world, and such a unique perspective on modern avant-garde pop music acts, I felt like I both discovered and re-discovered artists i've heard about all my life. Ross's joy of Beethoven's "Eroica" reminds me of when I first heard punk rock, or when my sister played David Bowie. It's a music he treasures and finds him to a very personal place In many ways, Ross is the embodiment of the essays message. Classical music, or "the music" as he wishes it would be called, does not need to left as a museum piece with perfection renditions of the masters.

This sort of deification of classical music not only steals it of it's power, but it stops the music from having the vital impact it could on our culture. Fortunately Ross is an optimistic. This book has so many examples of classical music that is changing the world as we know it, and not just a fringe subgroup.

Gives them the experience to be a cellist or viollinist in an orchestra and take part in the classical tradition. Further he looks at the L.

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Philharmonic and conductor Es-Pekkka Salonen and the goal of bringing new masterpieces to audiences. They aren't as technically proficient as the Chicago Philharmonic, Salonen concedes, but their range and adventurousness propel new audiences to them.

It's not hard to imagine listening to Brahms and then Brian Eno. Younger audiences may be swept from the mainstream trends to deeper currents with a little randomness! The avant-garde art of Bjork, Radiohead and Bob Dylan are explored here. Bjork's work with the technology of her time and her embrace of pop music really captivated me.

Bob Dylan's chapter here gives me new perspective on how an artist can continually fight against what critics or fans want want from them. Also it gave me a stronger appreciation for his later work and lyrical style. And while my personal preferences are for romantic artists like Schubert and Schoenberg, I began to appreciate Mozart's genius.

The hard-work, and tireless reworkings of his art display the heavy precision in his work, and his playful light touches toward re-invention.

Ross writes "If the opera were played in bus stations or dentists' waiting rooms, it would spread fear. Mozart's harmonies of disaster are all the more terrifying because they break through the frame of what purports to be a saucy comedy about an aristocratic rake-a successor to Figaro p. And i'm left thinking that's a partial truth. But the effects of that music on culture and the transformations it can ignite in us can be delivered most beautifully.

This work is more than a sum of parts. It brings classical music from it's lofty intellectual status to a more personal heart-felt place. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Readers Also Enjoyed. About Alex Ross. Alex Ross. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

Composers of orchestral soundtracks have generally trained in conservatories and are conversant in the literature and repertoire, but their music is used to connote some kind of epic grandeur or elegance in film. Similarly, waiting rooms in a variety of institutions will play Classical music both to invoke calm feelings in those waiting and to convey a sense of refinement.

In both these examples, the bourgeois roots of Western Art music and resultant associations with the serious, sophisticated, and deeply emotional are utilized to mark the film or institution using the music with similar cultural cache. The role of Classical music as a signifier of cultural distinction is learned from an early age.

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In my experience, for many middle class families, when a child wants or is forced to learn an instrument, they are taken to a Classical music teacher.

At least in Ohio, music education in most schools is limited to performing in a choir, orchestra or concert band.

Many children grow up assuming that since this music is institutionally sanctioned, it is the most important or most serious. Classical music is in an interesting position currently, in that many who take it to be the highest form of music do not actually listen to it. However, while Alex Ross seems to advocate for a renaming of the genre and greater music education, I believe that the practitioners of the genre should examine how the tradition developed historically as the art of the elite and still carries the same associations, yet now without a lot of the funding.

He informs the reader that the book is the result of fifteen years of work as a music critic. These interjections make the book an excellent lesson and a wonderful ride. Finally, near the end of the book, Ross once again highlights his intent: As the text on the book jacket points out: It is important to list these names so that, in case the list contains some of your favorites from the twentieth century, you will be able to calm down and allow Ross to shine his own lights on that century: Ross divides the twentieth century into three parts: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.It is hard to name because it never really existed to begin with—not in the sense that it stemmed from a single time or place. To my left, a sleeping dentist; to my right, an angry aesthete; and, in front of me, the funeral march that rises to a fugal fury, and breaks down into softly sobbing memories of themes, and then gives way to an entirely new mood—hard-driving, laughing, lurching, a little drunk.

They say, in effect, "The music you love is trash. Feb 08, Bookmarks Magazine rated it really liked it Shelves: I start to clap, but the man with the score glares again. At any time in history there are a few composers and creative musicians who seem to hold the secrets of the age. The d. Which, as it bears me from no fatherland away, bears me onward to no shipwreck.

Over and over, I listened to this note of otherness. Yes, the audience is older than that for any other art-the median age is forty-nine-but it is not the wealthiest.

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