Alex Ross

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

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    WHERE TO LISTEN

    If you would like to hear some of the music discussed in these pages, a free audio companion is available at www.therestisnoise.com/audio. 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 www.therestisnoise.com/playlist. For a glossary of musical terms go to www.therestisnoise.com/glossary.
    Ricardo Morahas quotedlast month
    Some genres have attained more popularity than others; none has true mass appeal. What delights one group gives headaches to another.
    Ricardo Morahas quoted8 months 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.
    José Falcãohas quotedlast year
    The company visited a waterfall and had lunch in an inn,
    Valentyna Brusenkohas quoted4 years ago
    Anti-Semites and ultranationalists considered Wagner their private prophet, but he gave impetus to almost every major political and aesthetic movement of the age: liberalism (Théodore de Banville said that Wagner was a “democrat, a new man, wanting to create for all the people”), bohemianism (Baudelaire hailed the composer as the vessel of a “counter-religion, a Satanic religion”), African-American activism (a story in W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk tells of a young black man who finds momentary hope in Lohengrin), feminism (M. Carey Thomas, president of Bryn Mawr College, said that Lohengrin made her “feel a little like my real self”), and even Zionism (Theodor Herzl first formulated his vision of a Jewish state after attending a performance of Tannhäuser).
    Valentyna Brusenkohas quoted4 years ago
    Richard I and III
    Valentyna Brusenkohas quoted4 years ago
    Vox populi, vox Dei.
    Valentyna Brusenkohas quoted4 years ago
    First, the notes C-sharp and G are separated by the interval known as the tritone, one half-step narrower than the perfect fifth. (Leonard Bernstein’s “Maria” opens with a tritone resolving to a fifth.) This interval has long caused uneasy vibrations in human ears; scholars called it diabolus in musica, the musical devil.
    Valentyna Brusenkohas quoted4 years ago
    ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating.”
    Valentyna Brusenkohas quoted4 years ago
    If you pluck a string tuned to a low C, then pluck it again while pinching it in half, the tone rises to the next C above. This is the interval of the octave. Further subdivisions yield intervals of the fifth (C to G), the fourth (G to the next higher C), and the major third (C to E). These are the lower steps of the natural harmonic series, or overtone series
    Valentyna Brusenkohas quoted4 years ago
    The arguments easily grow heated; we can be intolerant in reaction to others’ tastes, even violent
    Valentyna Brusenkohas quoted4 years ago
    what we hear is mostly noise. When we
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