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The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

Mark Scheunemann, August 4, 2012

An excellent book but a background in music will enhance the reader's understanding. The author uses technical music terms and at times includes written music notes; if you know the terms and can read music you may better appreciate the points made than the reader without this background, but the book is not inundated with these terms and notes. Though slightly frustrating to me the use of music terms and notes had only a minor negative effect on my enjoyment of the book which is otherwise nicely comprehensive and a pleasant overview of the twentieth century in music. The book is well researched and has plenty of references for additional reading and exploration if a particular subject strikes your fancy. The author knows his subject and places the composers and musicians in historical context. I enjoyed the book.
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