El ruido eterno: A Journey Through the Music of the 20th Century
El ruido eterno (The Rest Is Noise) is a book by Alex Ross, a music critic for The New Yorker, that explores the history of the 20th century through its music. From the Vienna of the pre-World War I era to the Paris of the 1920s, from the Germany of Hitler or the Russia of Stalin to the New York of the 1960s, Ross takes the readers on a fascinating tour of the modern soundscapes, revealing the connections between the most important events and the most influential composers, who rebelled against the classical past, fought against the indifference of the public and challenged dictators.
El ruido eterno is not only a book for music lovers, but also for anyone interested in understanding how music reflects and shapes the culture, politics and society of its time. Ross combines his deep knowledge of music with his engaging storytelling skills, making complex concepts and diverse styles accessible and enjoyable for a wide audience. He introduces us to the personalities and works of composers such as Mahler, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Cage, Reich and many others, showing how they responded to their historical circumstances and how they influenced each other and future generations.
El ruido eterno has been awarded with several prizes, such as the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guardian First Book Award and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. It has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize, and has been chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, LA Times, The Economist, Slate and Newsweek. It is a reference book that will become a classic of the history of the 20th century.
Alex Ross was born in 1968 in Washington, D.C. He grew up in a musical family, playing the piano and listening to classical records. He studied English and music at Harvard University, where he was also a DJ for the college radio station. He started his career as a music critic for The New Republic and The New York Times, before joining The New Yorker in 1996. He is one of the most respected and influential voices in the field of music criticism, known for his eloquence, insight and passion.
In addition to El ruido eterno, Ross has also written Escucha esto (Listen to This), a collection of essays on various musical topics, ranging from Mozart to BjÃrk, from Chinese classical music to pop music. He has also edited The Rest Is Noise Series: Modernism from Mahler to the Present, a companion book to El ruido eterno that contains excerpts from the works of the composers discussed in the main book. Ross also maintains a blog and a website, where he posts additional material and links related to his writings.
Ross has received many honors and awards for his work, such as a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a George Peabody Medal and an honorary doctorate from The Juilliard School. He has also been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. He lives in New York City with his husband, the filmmaker Jonathan Lisecki. aa16f39245