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Sara

Sara London, United Kingdom Member Since 2009
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  • "Adding colour and context to 20thC ..."

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    What made the experience of listening to The Rest Is Noise the most enjoyable?

    As a musician who has mostly performed 20th Century music - Contemporary Classical, for my career, this book gave some interesting insight, really rounding out the history that I had learned while studying back at school/uni, and while performing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really loved hearing the context of where composers were in their life, geographically, politically, philosophically, psychologically, when they wrote particular pieces. Especially the effect that Hitler and other Political leaders had on these artists trying to live their lives.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    The narration was ok, not one I would have written home about. Engaging enough.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really an emotional story! Though actually, knowing the context of Benjamin Britten's writing, and the challenges composers faced in trying to balance authorities opinions with their own artistic integrity, was really interesting. Also amusing to hear composers funny little opinions of each other.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a pity that they couldn't have spent some time/money getting the rights to some musical excerpts. I knew what the author was talking about a lot of the time, but only because I've performed and listened to a lot of classical music. Excerpts giving examples of what he was talking about would make this book much more accessible to music lovers who don't necessarily study or perform. And would have refreshed my memory a little. In this format, it seems crazy that they didn't consider these audio illustrations.

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    The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century

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    • By Alex Ross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    The Rest Is Noise takes the listener inside the labyrinth of modern music, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to downtown New York in the '60s and '70s. We meet the maverick personalities and follow the rise of mass culture on this sweeping tour of 20th-century history through its music.

    Sara says: "Adding colour and context to 20thC Compositions"
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