Alex Ross



Ricardo Morahas quoted2 years ago
For the rich, classical music was a status symbol, a collector’s delight. Millionaires signed up musicians in much the same way they bought up and brought home pieces of European art.
Ricardo Morahas quotedlast year
Some genres have attained more popularity than others; none has true mass appeal. What delights one group gives headaches to another.
Ricardo Morahas quotedlast year

If you would like to hear some of the music discussed in these pages, a free audio companion is available at There you will find streaming samples arranged by chapter, along with links to audio-rich Web sites and other channels of direct access to the music. An iTunes playlist of twenty representative excerpts can be found at For a glossary of musical terms go to
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