(EBOOK DOWNLOAD) The Rest Is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century AUTHOR Alex Ross


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The Rest Is Noise Listening to the Twentieth CenturyIse Why Because a it makes for a riveting work of political and cultural history and b it provides a layman s entry point cultural history and b it provides a layman s entry point that venerable of Western art forms classical musicI first became acuainted with this book in my teens By that time I d already immersed myself ite heavily in free jazz noise and the like But classical music especially the 20th century variety had thus far eluded my Fit and Sexy For Life: The Hormone-Free Plan for Staying Slim, Strong, and Fabulous in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond understanding 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 speakin 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 soundality 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 Unanswered در آخرین روزهای رضاشاه uestionGeorg This book took me way too long to read which is a little strange because I found it very interesting andite 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 what s the word not necessarily but some kind of extremist snob for lack of a better word Every time Adorno makes an appearance on these pages he comes across like a rapid attac. 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 classical music and it s composers As I Mentioned I Had Very 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 of them are real characters but also for me there were some dry areas NOT SURE BECAUSE OF THE TEXT sure because of the text 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 that time Ross is really good at giving the 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 No. 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 Poison (Med Center, 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.

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K dog of anti everything except for strict Schoenberg non mass appeal Which might be true I ve never really delved into his music writings too deeply but the picture appeal Which might be true I ve never really delved into his music writings too deeply but the picture him as an enfant terrible is I like a bit of a cartoonish exaggeration The second complaint I would have of the book is that it kind of stops short of being a history of 20th century music and kind of peters out around 1976 with Reich s Music for 18 Musicians A few other composers are talked about and works that they release in the same year but all talk of the last Dirty Tricks (The Nancy Drew Files, uarter of the century is treated in a very fragmentary and stilted manner Maybe there isn t much to talk about but the style of the book changes in the last fifty pages or so in a way that makes the very end of the book read like a series of notes the author made on a handful of composers and records In this last section there are also name droppings of pop artists like Radiohead Sonic Youth and Bjork which pulls together the history of serious music with pop music but without doing much than dropping the names in the swirl of the kind of chaotic finish The author alsoses the phrase moshpit of the mind which is almost totally inexcusable in the context it s given in and actually shouldn t be sed by anyone It s moments like that which seem to make the author trying to hard to sound hip anyone It s moments like that which seem to make the author trying to hard to sound hip there isn t anything hip about sing the word moshpit and really the only people who would ever say something like that are someone s dad who heard the word and thinks it s what with it people are saying I can t hold this against the author too strongly thoughAll in all I really enjoyed this book and it s treatment of pre World War 2 music especially in Germany was very informative to me I have a feeling that anyone seriously into modern music will find the book to be missing some of their favorites or think the book treats certain movements too ickly but as a general overview of a chaotic century s musical trends this book seems to do it s job just fine. 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.