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Preview: Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

Books, articles, and a blog by the music critic of The New Yorker

Updated: 2016-09-26T16:02:10-04:00




The LA-based composer-violinist Andrew McIntosh will be the subject of one of Miller Theatre's Pop-Up Concerts tomorrow at 6pm. The fine folk of Yarn/Wire will present two world premieres — Five Songs and We See the Flying Bird — as...

YouTube comment of the day


From a video of Herreweghe's St. Matthew Passion.

At the brink


The ninety-six-year-old Roger Angell, whose first vote was for FDR in 1944, says that this election is the most important of his lifetime. There is no reason to doubt him.

La crépuscule des dieux


A Wagnerian canvas by the forgotten Fauvist painter Alcide Le Beau (1873-1943).



New and recent titles of interest. Daniel Bergner, Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family (Lee Boudreaux) Virgil Thomson, The State of Music & Other Writings, ed. Tim Page (Library of America) Michael Marissen, Bach &...

Music after 9/11


Cantos Cautivos is an extraordinary digital archive devoted to music written, sung, and heard in centers for political detention and torture in Chile under the regime of Augusto Pinochet, who seized power on September 11, 1973, with clandestine American support....

On the Divide


Outside Red Cloud, Nebraska.

A Füsun Köksal moment


Via the Hezarfen Ensemble.

Wandelweiser miscellany


From the score of Eva-Maria Houben's abgemalt. In my column this week on the wide world of Wandelweiser, I mention Jennie Gottschalk's new book Experimental Music Since 1970 (Bloomsbury). Jennie has built an amazing website called Sound Expanse, which contains...



On September 8, I will give a talk at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The title: "The Schindelmeisser Factor: Willa Cather's First Encounters with Wagner and Wagnerism in Nebraska."