The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross

"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.

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Total Points: 159

Since this book was first published in 2007, there is a penalty of 52.8%. The age adjusted score is 75.05.

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