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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: 2017-07-17T12:57:09-04:00


Bruce Odland and the Tank


Tank Music. The New Yorker, July 24, 2017.

Toscanini and power


A Cultural Comment at the New Yorker website, July 12, 2017. The photograph, which appeared in the program booklet for Toscanini's 1944 Red Cross benefit at Madison Square Garden, is by Sgt. Stanley Smith. It shows a 1943 mission by...

Book in progress


In recent years I have made various claims to the effect that I am writing a book called Wagnerism. Above is photographic evidence demonstrating that I have, indeed, produced a considerable pile of paper imprinted with words, although skeptics might...

Tyshawn Sorey


Inner Landscape. The New Yorker, July 3 and 10, 2017.

More on Satie's Le Fils des Étoiles


In my piece on Joséphin Péladan and the Salons de la Rose + Croix, I devote some space to Erik Satie's astonishing score for Péladan's mystical drama Le Fils des Étoiles, which was produced in conjunction with the first Salon...

Season wrap-up at the Met and NY Phil


Departures and Arrivals. The New Yorker, July 3, 2017.

The Gerstl-Schoenberg affair


Die Familie Schönberg, 1908. A Cultural Comment on Richard Gerstl for the New Yorker website, June 22, 2017.

A Reicha moment


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Péladan and the Rose + Croix


The Magus of Paris. New Yorker, June 26, 2017.



New publications of interest. Harvey Sachs, Toscanini: Musician of Conscience (Liveright) Severine Neff, Maureen Carr, and Gretchen Horlacher, eds., "The Rite of Spring" at 100 (Indiana UP) Andrew Talle, Beyond Bach: Music and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century (Illinois...