Saturday, March 28, 2009

The rest of this isn't noise

I've mentioned Alex Ross in the past somewhere on one of my web pages but he's worth mentioning again. Alex is the music critic for The New Yorker and focuses on classical music, but he can speak intelligently about Radiohead and Bob Dylan, too. His book The Rest Is Noise: Listening To The Twentieth Century should be required reading for people interested in orchestral music who are gamely trying to pull themselves out of the 19th century. Now that we're well into the 21st, I think that's a pretty good strategy for most classical music audience members to adopt.