Alex Ross’s ground-breaking history of 20th century classical music The Rest is Noise has been incredibly successful. It became a bestseller, was showered with prizes and hailed by rave reviews and effusive praise – as ‘a book you’ve waited your life to read’ (Guardian), ‘the best book on what music is about – really about – that you or I will ever own’ (LA Weekly), ‘a sound-drenched masterpeice’ (Guardian) and ‘a miracle’ (TLS) and we could go on…
Now it is the inspiration for – and is lending its title to – a year-long festival of 20th century music at the Southbank Centre – which aims to bring to life Ross’s masterpiece. The festival will explore 20th century classical music in relation to the century’s historical, political and cultural upheavals over the course of nearly a hundred events, including talks, films, performances, participation events and concerts.
While Ross is not directly involved in the festival’s organisation, he will be giving four lectures over the course of the year – the first, about the emergence of radical new musical languages, on the 19th January. Find out more and buy tickets here.
To celebrate the festival, we have released a series of special stand-alone ebooks of separate chapters from The Rest is Noise, each costing only 99p. So brush up on your knowledge of Jean Sibelius, or learn all about Charles Ives before enjoying the recitals of their work at the festival.
Download the ebooks here for just 99p