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Posted 2 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Chapter 14 of Wagnerism, addressing Wagner on film, is nearly done. We give thanks for John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola. One more remains: Chapter 15, The Wound. The Rest Is Noise was published ten years ago today. Deepest thanks... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Posted 3 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New publications of interest. Bethany Beardslee and Minna Proctor, I Sang the Unsingable: My Life in Twentieth-Century Music (Boydell and Brewer) Celia Applegate, The Necessity of Music: Variations on a German Theme (University of Toronto Press) Ijoma Mangold, Das deutsche... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent releases of interest. — Nicholas Deyoe, Finally, the cylindrical voids tapping along, 1560, Lied/Lied, Immer wieder, Lullaby 6 "for Duane"; WasteLAnd, Ashley Walters, Aperture Duo, Batya MacAdam-Somer, Stephanie Aston (Populist) — Sweet Anxiety: Ashley Walters plays music... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
By, yes, Camille Saint-Saëns. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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"A kind of Schengen zone of scholarship now exists among historians and musicologists, where people cross disciplinary borders without hindrance yet remain conscious of differences in language, custom, knowledge, and ways of going about their work." — Celia Applegate, The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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I'm elated to see that this year's slate of MacArthur Fellows includes Yuval Sharon and Tyshawn Sorey. I wrote about Sharon's staggering, city-spanning creation Hopscotch for The New Yorker in 2015. It remains one of the most remarkable things I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
In order to maintain mental health, I try to watch this video at least once a month. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Shows of Force. The New Yorker, Oct. 16, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Pierre Boulez's Répons at the Park Avenue Armory, with Matthias Pintscher conducting the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Pierre Audi and Urs Schönebaum providing luminous atmosphere, is a fairly awesome thing. See it if you can: there is one more performance tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Andrew McIntosh and Scott Worthington, two star composer-performers of the vibrant Southern California scene, play Wolfgang von Schweinitz's gargantuan Plainsound Glissando Modulation at WasteLAnd on Saturday, Oct. 7. The same two will return to WasteLAnd on Oct. 20 for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The impossible attracts me because everything possible has been done and the world didn't change. — Sun Ra Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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There is a logjam of interesting events in New York and environs this week. Boulez's Répons will resound in the Park Avenue Armory. Ashley Fure's The Force of Things will have a run at Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ. BAM... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Stockhausen's Mittwoch, 2012. Si Newhouse, the longtime owner of The New Yorker and other Condé Nast magazines, has died at the age of eighty-nine. David Remnick, the New Yorker's editor, pays affecting tribute to him on our website. For years,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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On the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, 2011. In this week's issue of The New Yorker I write about Willa Cather's home town of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and, more widely, about the present state of understanding of the great novelist's work.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Cather People. The New Yorker, Oct. 2, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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New and recent titles of interest. Brent Hayes Edwards, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard UP) Ann Powers, Good Booty: The Sexual Power of Music (HarperCollins) Daniel K. L. Chua, Beethoven and Freedom (Oxford UP) Jonathan D. Bellman and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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— Gregory Spears, Fellow Travelers; Aaron Blake, Joseph Lattanzi, Mark Gibson conducting the Cincinnati Symphony (Fanfare Cincinnati) — Bernstein, Complete Solo Piano Works; Leann Osterkamp (Steinway) — Bach, Solo Cello Suites; Thomas Demenga (ECM; digital 9/29, physical 11/17) — Bach,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder's Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (MIT Press) is a handsomely illustrated volume devoted not to the incontestable classics of the LP era but to the more utilitarian margins of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The British actor Dirk Bogarde made two famous film appearances portraying composers: as Liszt in Song Without End and as a musicalized version of Gustav von Aschenbach in Visconti's Death in Venice. One might add to the list, with an... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
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A brief memorial at the New Yorker website. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
The Munich-based composer, who swam against the modernist tide of postwar music, has died at the age of eighty-nine. He received little notice outside Germany; I was touched to receive a note from him several years ago after I made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise