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Author
Alex Ross.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780374187743
Pages/Publication Date 364/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21704
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"I hate 'classical music'," says New Yorker music critic Alex Ross at the top of this collection of lively and erudite essays: "not the thing but the name. It traps a tenaciously living art in a theme park of the past. It cancels out the possibility that music in the spirit of Beethoven could still be created today." Ross (who also penned the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Rest Is Noise, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award) sketches canonical composers like Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; offers in-depth interviews with such modern pop masters as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and indie-rock hipsters in Beijing.

"Ross offers timeless portraits that probe the ways that the powerful personalities of composers and musicians stamp an inherently abstract medium so that certain notes, songs, or choruses become instantly recognizable as the work of a certain artist. The virtuoso performance comes in the one previously unpublished essay, 'Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues,' where Ross isolates three different bass lines as they wind through music history from the 16th-century chacona, a dance that promised the upending of the social order, through the laments of Bach, opera, and finally the blues. Ross nimbly finds the common ground on which 16th-century Spanish musicians, Bach, players from Ellington's 1940 band and Led Zeppelin's bassist John Paul Jones can stand, at least momentarily."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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