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Dynamite Doc or Christmas Dad? lThis book took me way tooong to read which a Little Strange Because I strange because I it very interesting and uite inspiring I m tempted to give 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 wrong but some kind of extremist snob for Industrial Applications of Biopolymers and Their Environmental Impact lack of a better word Every time Adorno makes an appearance on these pages he comes acrossike a rapid attack dog of anti everything except for strict Schoenberg non mass appeal Which might be true I ve never really

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into his writings too deeply but the picture of him as an enfant terrible is I Retraite sur le Cantique des Cantiques: Commentaires bibliques (Spiritualité) (French Edition) 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 theast 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 Blood Sorcery (Shadows of Magic, last fifty pages or so in a way that makes the very end of the book readike a series of notes the author made on a handful of composers and records In this The Elusive Heiress Nancy Drew last section there are also name droppings of pop artistsike 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 also uses the phrase moshpit of the mind which is almost totally inexcusable in the context it s given in and actually shouldn t be used by anyone It s moments Pizarro and the Conuest of Peru like that which seem to make the author trying to hard to sound hip but there isn t anything hip about using the word moshpit and really the only people who would ever say somethingike 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 uickly but as a general overview of a chaotic century s musical trends this book seems to do it s job just fine Alex Ross is one of my must read New Yorker writers Whenever a new piece of his comes out I know I m going to be smarter than I was before To me he is the music critic The Rest Is Noise is often referred to as the book on 20th century classical music And I can only further perpetrate that sentiment Who says history is boring And who says classical music died with Wagner Well I have actually always Are You There God? It's Me M liked history but wasargely unfamiliar with 20c classical music until 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 ike 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 earn 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 gr You know how you can watch a foreign On Hitler's Mountain Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood PS language movie without subtitles and still enjoy the film You may not speak German but can still tell that Hitler s pissed off You may not speak French but you can tell that Juliette Binoche has reached a point of existential doubt in a meretricious relationship This book wasike that for me I may not even now be able to articulate a difference between atonality and twelve tone music is there one but I A cristalli liquidi (Italian Edition) love being told that some stabbing single notes in a second movement areike a knife in Stalin s heartThis book is Music in the Twentieth Century Or the Twentieth Century with music Crescendo pi forte Silence It starts with Richard Strauss conducting Salome Puccini took the train north Mahler et ux attended Schoenberg and Berg were there Hitler said he was And if you recall There was even. The Rest Is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century is a voyage into the I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad 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 andines from T S Eliot are uoted on the yearbook pages of alienated teenagers across the and twentieth century classical music still sends ripples of unease through audiences At the same time its influence can be felt everywhere Atonal chords crop up in jazz Avant garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrill. The Rest Is Noise Listening to the Twentieth CenturyInding them yourselves I can t blame you then is the List Of Songs That Of Songs That songs that thought captured the bookRichard Strauss Also Sprach 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 uestionGeorge Gershwin Rhapsody in BlueJean Sibelius Symphony No 2 Paul Hindemith Sonate per viola e pianoforteLouis Armstrong Mack the KnifeArnold Schoenberg JakobsleiterAlban Berg Lulu SuiteDmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 5Aaron Copland Appalachian SpringJohn Cage Music of ChangesKarlheinz Stockhausen TelemusikBenjamin Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Olivier Messiaen uartet for the End of TimeMorton Feldman Rothko ChapelJohn Adams Common Tones in Simple Time alex ross is one of the few remaining music critics for a major american periodical there used to be many but it s a dwindling professionart in his case the new yorker he attends a concert than once if possible with the score and without in order to both understand the music and feel it and he s young so his ears aren t burdened with decades of ear wax received wisdom archaic prejudice etchow rare is it to ever find anyone who can write about music an impossible challenge on the face of it if one is going to say anything than technical data ike the dotted sixteenths in bar25 mirror the attenuated chromatic intonation etc etchis grasp of the material is sure his writing is tonic refreshing his insights are sharp his tone fresh he s on the dimehe s been working on this book for some time and finally it s out there are a few inevitable repetitions here and there in stitching the whole thing together but heyhands down THE best book on 20th century Western music you Dragonsbane ll ever find in THIS oneAND you can enhance your reading by visiting his website where he s posted representative selections for each chapter as well as his alwaysively bloghear here Alex Ross wonderful trip to the 20th Century via the world of classical music and it s composers As I mentioned I had very ittle 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 ife in the 20th Century The best chapeters deal with Nazi Germany and Stalin s Russia and how they used 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 or 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 big picture This book could be subtitled Musicians who did stuff after Wagner with wildly varied results Wagner hovers Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator like a ghost over this work the Great Father whose achievements couldn t be surpassed in toto only in miniature via crazier and crazier endeavours The composers range from deep genius Debussy Sibelius to sterile fapping too many to name but whether oneoves or hates their music is irrelevant as this is primarily a work of social history The author describes classical music in the 2000s as a sunken cathedral ie an interregnum and who knows what comes next This isn t something I say Understanding the Black Economy and Black Money in India lightly but pretty much everyone should consider reading Alex Ross The Rest Is Noise Why Because a it makes for a riveting work of political and cultural history and b it provides aayman s entry point into that most venerable of Western art forms classical musicI first became acuainted with this book in my Desperate (Bad Baker Boys, late teens By that time I d already immersed myself uite heavily in free jazz noise and theike But classical music especially the 20th century variety had thus far eluded my understanding Like many otherwise adventurous young isteners I felt overwhelmed by the plethora of composers performers and recordings to choose from And in this regard avant jazz was comparatively speaking pretty straightforwa This book is made so much enjoyable because of the Internet one of the few books you can say that about because of the availability of samples of the music on the book s web site I enjoyed the first chapters best because the author allowed me to imagine what a momentous event it must have been in an age before recorded music to be in the audience when a composer s music first premiere. 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. ,

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A fictional character present Adrian Leverk hn the hero of Thomas Mann s Doctor Faustus the tale of a composer in A Small C Compiler Language Usage Theory and Design league with the devilLeverk hnooms arge in this history a twisting of Evil with Music and a twisting of Music and the human soul The notes I heard kept asking What s next and What s next In slow movements and fastThere s some tabloid stuff here that Alma Mahler what a tart that Pierre Boulez what a jerk But it s also a Music Appreciation course And Alex Ross Clearly Knows Alex Ross clearly knows material He attempts to make this inter active by offering a website wwwtherestisnoisecom with click and play excerpts I found that cumbersome and chose my own inter activity playing music from MY COLLECTION OR YOUTUBING I LL collection or youtubing I l you in a bit with some Truly Irresistible linksRoss has an ear for humor too The joke went around that Webern had introduced the marking pensato Don t play the note only think itI didn t always hear what Ross heard There s Sibelius in Barber But then he didn t hear Gorecki in Barber or didn t say so That s part of the funLet me break into some dissonant chords now and give you fragments from the book things Iearned Sibelius remains a big deal in his native Whisper Loudly land his face was on every coin until Finland converted to the Euro The annual Finnish expenditure on the arts is roughly 200 times per capita what the United States spends on the National Endowment of the Arts I m not saying that s wrong just sayin Ruth Crawford Seeger was Pete Seeger s stepmother She created some to my ears really interesting avant garde music She stopped composing when her Communist husband a formulator of dissonant counterpoint told her women can t compose symphonies Oh Artemisia Perhaps I would have understood Josef Skvorecky s The Engineer of Human Souls better if I knew that it was Stalin who once mused that writers should be engineers of human souls Musicaluminaries descended on Paris in 1952 for the Masterpieces of the XXth Century festival It was thought to be funded by Julius Fleischmann the yeast and gin millionaire In reality the whole event was financed by the CIAThere is a bit of The Emperor s New Clothes to the excesses of art music included A century that started with Strauss Mahler and Sibelius ended with John Cage s 4 33 The original score was written out on conventional music paper tempo 60 in three movements David Tudor walked onstage sat down at the piano opened the piano I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life lid and did nothing except to close theid and open it again at the beginning of each subseuent movement The music was the sound of the surrounding space It was a piece that anyone could have written as skeptics never failed to point out but as Cage seldom failed to respond no one else did Luigi Nono s signature piece Il canto sospeso took texts from anti Fascist resistance fighters I am not afraid of death I will be calm and at peace facing the execution suad I go in the belief of a better Dragon Ball Z Cycle 2 T03 life for you and broke them into syllables which he scattered throughout the various choral parts By making the wordsess accessible he believed they would matter David Tudor attacking a piano with boxing gloves Dieter Schnebel who in his work Abf The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip & lle I1 invited audience members to contribute to the performance by conversing making noises of approval or disapproval coughing and moving chairs And Alvin Lucier who in Music for Solo Performer attached electrodes to his head and broadcast his brain s alpha waves tooudspeakers around the room the The Bible in the lyrics of Bob Dylan The Wanted Man study series low freuency tones causing nearby percussion instruments to vibrateI m not kiddingAnd yet Ross opened up much of the new music to me This was sometimes accomplished just by my own perusal of works by a composer that Ross mentions Henry Cowell for instance Yes elbows Some of Cowell s pieces are all inside the piano there are composers I d never heard of who intrigued after some exploration Ross notes six significant voices in contemporary music Franghiz Ali Zadeh of Azerbaijan Chen Yi of China Unsuk Chin of South Korea Sofia Gubaidulina of Russia Kaija Saariaho of Finland Pauline Oliveros of the United Statesate for Ruth Crawford Seeger or Artemisia for that matter but all six are womenThe Twentieth Century You may think of Rothko paintings Think of a musical piece written by Morton Feldman mourning his friend s death The Twentieth Century When classical music takes a drug and goes Rock That s right Take a walk on the wild sideThe Twentieth Century I The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 4 (light novel) llet Steve Goodman sing us out I think this book is best read and Fret Work Step By Step 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 reooking for a isten with better sound uality and don t mind 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. ,

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