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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: 2017-09-25T14:34:37-04:00


A walk in Catherland


Cather People. The New Yorker, Oct. 2, 2017.



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...

Nightafternight playlist


— 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,...

Design for Living


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...

John Wooldridge, bomber-composer


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...

For John Ashbery


A brief memorial at the New Yorker website.

For Wilhelm Killmayer


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...

Nightafternight playlist


New and recent recordings of interest. Tyshawn Sorey, Verisimilitude; Sorey, Cory Smythe, Chris Tordini (Pi Recordings) [I wrote a brief comment for the New Yorker website] Daniel Lentz, River of 1000 Streams; Vicki Ray (Cold Blue) Poulenc, Choral Works; The...

Salzburg Festival 2017


Power Play. The New Yorker, Aug. 21, 2017. Unfortunately, because of a misunderstanding late in the editing process, the print version of the column claims that Peter Sellars compared Nelson Mandela to Leopold II, the Austrian Emperor. The comparison was,...

Wagner in Omaha, 1887 and 1895


The first article records a visit by the National Opera Company, during its troubled nationwide tour, with an array of operas that included Lohengrin. The second observes the arrival in Omaha of Walter Damrosch, the New York Symphony, and a...