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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: 2016-11-30T12:21:32-05:00


Nightafternight playlist


New releases of interest. — Bach, Christmas Oratorio; John Butt leading the Dunedin Consort (Linn) — Bach, French Suites; Murray Perahia, piano (DG) — Bach, Partitas; Jory Vinkour, harpsichord (Sono Luminus) — Mozart, Don Giovanni; Dimitris Tiliakos, Vito Priante, Mika...



New and recent publications of interest. Richard Taruskin, Russian Music at Home and Abroad (University of California) R. Howard Bloch, One Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern (Liveright) Christopher Fifield, Hans Richter...

Norman's Grawemeyer


Andrew Norman has won the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition, for his formidable symphonic piece Play. In an interview with NPR, he has an exceptionally thoughtful reaction to the prize: "Maybe I can use this moment to talk about...

For Pauline Oliveros


The experimental master has died at the age of eighty-four. Listen again to I of IV, preferably at immense volume.

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The experimental master has died at the age of eighty-four. Listen again to I of IV, preferably at immense volume.

The Nancarrow house in Mexico City


When I wrote last summer about the uncertain future of the Thomes Mann house, I heard from the composer and new-music stalwart Charles Amirkhanian, who informed me of a similar situation affecting the former home of the great experimental composer...

Correcting Trump


Photo from Death Valley National Park, 2013. "You know the hottest day ever was in 1890-something, '98," Donald Trump said yesterday in a meeting with the New York Times. He seemed to have in mind the official world-record temperature that...



On Nov. 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I will be part of the multitudinous cavalcade of Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, at the City Winery in NYC. My contribution will be a short discourse on Sibelius. On Dec. 8, at...

An Aaron Cassidy moment


Members of ELISION will perform Cassidy's work at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Nov. 22, alongside Liza Lim's How Forests Think.

A Pisaro moment


Mann's house is saved


Last summer I wrote about the threat of demolition hanging over the Thomas Mann villa in Pacific Palisades, the place where Doctor Faustus was written. At the end of a frightening week, the happy news arrives that the German government...