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Singing Philosophy. The New Yorker, Feb. 27, 2017. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent publications of interest. Bill Alves and Brett Campbell, Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick (Indiana UP) [available March 2017] Marian Wilson Kimber, The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word (University of Illinois Press) Pauline Fairclough, Classics for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
DRUM MAJOR: Shall I pull your tongue out of your throat and wrap it round your neck? — Wozzeck, Act II Previously: An Alban Berg Valentine, Another Alban Berg Valentine, Yet Another Alban Berg Valentine, Return of Alban Berg Valentine,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Feb 10, 2017
Making Art in a Time of Rage, on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Threnody to the Victims of Bowling Green In memory of the fallen heroes of Kellyanne Conway's febrile imagination, I have composed a Threnody to the Victims of Bowling Green, for six independent orchestral groups. Above is the first section, Exordium... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Written for the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
One mark of the dishonor that has fallen on this country in the wake of Donald Trump's morally repugnant, profoundly un-American actions as President is that the brilliant Syrian-born clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh does not know whether he will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"Are we really here? Is all this happening? Don't be surprised. What we're seeing now is frankly everything we should have expected. If there's one thing we can say in Donald Trump's favor, there was no bait and switch. They... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Sibelius, In the Stream of Life and other songs with orchestra; Gerald Finley, Edward Gardner conducting the Bergen Philharmonic (Chandos) — Weinberg, Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1-4, Piano Quintet (arr. Pushkarev and Kremer); Gidon... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Parakeet at Chand Baori. The first American performance of Kaikhosru Sorabji's gigantic Organ Symphony No. 2 — or, indeed, of any of Sorabji's organ music — will take place at the University of Iowa School of Music on Feb. 10.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On Jan. 21, I will be speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in the company of Ruth Padel. This is my first visit to India, and I'm eager to augment my paltry knowledge of the subcontinent's great classical traditions. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Guerrilla Minimalism. The New Yorker, Jan. 23, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Sleight of Hand. The New Yorker, Jan. 9, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A review/preview for The New Yorker's Goings On section. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"A blizzard is raging outside the windows as 1944 approaches. It will be a year of happiness, of joy, of victory, a year that will bring us all much joy. The freedom-loving Peoples will at last throw off the yoke... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Picture taken in 1985. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Holy Dread. The New Yorker, Jan. 2, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Image: Timothy Andres, 2004. "Important things cannot be abbreviated": Steven Schick's program notes for an Inauguration Day concert at the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players are worth a read.... In the New York Times, Will Robin interviews female opera composers....... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Sunrise at Mahogany Flat, Death Valley. At the New Yorker website may be found my list of Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016. Some honorable mentions: Chris Kallmyer's Rhyolite, with Julia Holter and Lucky Dragons (Populist); Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise