Alex Ross introduced by Ruth Padel


In this sweeping and dramatic session, Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, weaves together the histories of the 20th century and its music, from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties through to Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia and downtown New York in the sixties and seventies up to the present. Taking readers into the labyrinth of modern style, Ross draws revelatory connections between the century’s most influential composers and the wider culture. The Rest Is Noise is an astonishing history of the 20th century as told through its music.