Alex Ross

Alex Ross is an American music critic, author, and journalist. He has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996, and his work has focused on classical music. He is best known for his book 'The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century,' a cultural history of 20th-century music, which received widespread acclaim and numerous awards. Ross's writing is noted for its insightful analysis and its ability to engage both classical music aficionados and general readers.


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  1. 1. The Rest is Noise

    "The Rest is Noise" is a comprehensive exploration of 20th-century classical music, examining the social, political, and cultural contexts that influenced its development. It provides a detailed study of the works of renowned composers, their inspirations, and their impact on the musical world. The book also explores the ways in which classical music has intersected with major events and movements of the 20th century, including two World Wars, the Cold War, and the rise of totalitarian regimes.