Ross, Alex

The rest is noise: listening to the twentieth century - London Harper Collins, Fourth estate 2012 - xviii, 695 p.

Table of Contents:

Part I. 1900-1933
1. The golden age : Strauss, Mahler, and the fin de siècle
2. Doctor Faust : Schoenberg, Debussy, and atonality
3. Dance of the earth : the Rite, the folk, le jazz
4. Invisible men : American composers from Ives to Ellington
5. Apparition from the woods : the loneliness of Jean Sibelius
6. City of nets : Berlin in the twenties

Part II. 1933-1945
7. The art of fear : music in Stalin's Russia
8. Music for all : music in FDR's America
9. Death fugue : music in Hitler's Germany

Part III. 1945-2000
10. Zero hour : the U.S. army and German music, 1945-1949
11. Brave new world : the Cold War and the avant-garde of the fifties
12. "Grimes! Grimes!" : the passion of Benjamin Britten
13. Zion park : Messiaen, Ligeti, and the avant-garde of the sixties
14. Beethoven was wrong : bop, rock, and the minimalists
15. Sunken cathedrals : music at century's end

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 Bjrk, 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.


Music - History
History - Criticism
Criticism - Music

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