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Composing for Hollywood, on the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Wizards of Sound. The New Yorker, Feb. 23 and March 2, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Portrait by Tom Bachtell. I can hardly bring myself to write this, because I do not yet accept it, but my dear friend Andrew Patner, one of the wisest, wittiest, most generous, most avid, most altogether vital people in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Eyes and Ears. The New Yorker, Feb. 9, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Bea pays homage to the late Gordon Willis. All praise to NewMusicBox, which goes from strength to strength: Heather Stebbins's posts from Estonia, Tim Rutherford-Johnson on new music and globalization, Eugene Birman on the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute.... LA's Jacaranda... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Cult Fame and Its Discontents, New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
A brief preview of this year's Focus! Festival at Juilliard. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A recent clue on Jeopardy. No one got it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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` The New Yorker ends a fifteen-year stint at 4 Times Square. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The New York Philharmonic has announced its 2015-16 season. The principal news is that Esa-Pekka Salonen is beginning a term as composer-in-residence, presiding over a Messiaen series in March of next year and introducing a new large-scale orchestral piece the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Berlin Story. The New Yorker, Jan. 26, 2014. Previously: Love on the March, Harry Kessler, Mann in Love. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Leon Wieseltier: "Every technology is used before it is completely understood. There is always a lag between an innovation and the apprehension of its consequences. We are living in that lag, and it is a right time to keep our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Montage: works of Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman; Gloria Cheng, piano (Harmonia Mundi) — Distance: works of Hindemith, Vasks, Carter, Bach, Krenek, Schumann; James Austin Smith, oboe, with Luís Magalhães, piano, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
I hardly know what to say in response to Sasha Frere-Jones's sweet and generous words in this farewell New Yorker blog post, so I will simply say thanks. By the way, this blog arose very directly from an envy of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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The 2015-16 season announcements have begun to trickle in. Of particular interest is Jake Heggie's Great Scott, at the Dallas Opera, next October. I mentioned this opera-about-opera in my profile of Joyce DiDonato; she will play the title character, an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"Le Songe de Wagner," Henry de Groux. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Yes, it's the future mezzo playing the Sonata for Viola Four Hands, S. 440, in conjunction with Robert Levine, who sent the picture along. Now the principal violist of the Milwaukee Symphony and also a contributor at Polyphonic, Robert often... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Eduard Tubin's Sixth Symphony, with Neeme Järvi conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony. Apropos of nothing, the opening and closing of the second movement served as theme music for my college-radio show, "Music Since 1900." Tubin also composed one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Los Angeles blogger CK Dexter Haven has devised an amusing game: pick your favorite numbered symphonies, one through nine. Brian Lauritzen has added his own entry, and there are sure to be others. I have decided to make the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
"I could point you to important pieces written for a set of completely voiceless trumpets that I call the bugles of Silence, after the model of the unrecoverable buccins that once overthrew the walls of Jericho. " — the composer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Andrew Norman's Play, recorded here by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, is a sprawling, engulfing, furiously unpredictable piece in three symphonic movements. (Above is the first, "Level 1.") Will Robin has gone so far as to declare that Play "might... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
SFJ on D'Angelo: “Black Messiah feels like an object that he held in his hands until it took on a certain physical shape. There seems to be little distance between the players and the music." Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise