Read Audible The Rest Is Noise Series: Zion Park: Messiaen, Ligeti, and the Avant-Garde of the SixtiesAuthor Alex Ross –

This is a chapter from Alex Ross s groundbreaking history of twentieth century classical music, The Rest is Noise Further extracts are available as digital shorts, accompanying the London Southbank festival programmeAfter the war, composers took up what might be called catastrophe style with a vengeance The twentieth century was undoubtedly one of the most horrific periods of human history but terror was not always the subject of its composers For some, attempting to transcend or reject the despair that consumed other artists led to the creation of some of the century s most beautiful musicNow a major festival running throughoutat London s Southbank, The Rest is Noise is an intricate commentary not just on the sounds that defined the century, but on art s troublesome dance with politics, social and cultural changeAlex Ross is the New Yorker s music critic, and the winner of the Guardian First Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Rest is Noise, which was also shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson and Pulitzer prizes for non fiction The Rest Is Noise Series: Zion Park: Messiaen, Ligeti, and the Avant-Garde of the Sixties

About the Author: Alex Ross

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation Alex Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996 From 1992 to 1996 he wrote for the New York Times His first book, The Rest Is Noise Listening to the Twentieth Century, was published in 2007 by Farrar, Straus Giroux and became a national bestseller It won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Royal Philharmonic Society Creative Communication Award appeared on the New York Times s list of the ten best books of year and was a finalist for the Pulitzer and the Samuel Johnson prizes Ross has received a Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center, fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin and the Banff Centre, three ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards, and an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music He has also served as a McGraw Professor in Writing at Princeton University In 2008 he was named a MacArthur Fellow His next book, an essay collection titled Listen to This, will appear in fall 2010 A native of Washington, DC, Ross now lives in Manhattan In 2005 he married the actor and filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki.

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