TLDR: Join a group of your fellow music enthusiasts as we read “The Rest is Noise” by Alex Ross, listen to the works from the book and discuss our findings with each other.
LR: As my journey of system building comes (hopefully) to a state of stability, I have been struggling with the idea of how to give back to the forum that was so helpful to me. Here is what I have come up with.
We will work as a group through the book “The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century”. We will start June 1st, and average 10 pages a day to finish in August with a new appreciation and understanding for many kinds of music. What this book is: an overview of many types of music, mostly from the “classical” genres. What this book isn’t: an in-depth dive into the obscure, the bleeding edge, or the esoteric. The table of contents is available to view here.
Your commitment: Purchase or otherwise obtain access to a copy of “The Rest is Noise”. Post once a week in this thread about the readings and listenings from the week. Read, engage and banter with your fellow music lovers as you see fit.
Your promise: To try and complete the book on schedule. To support those that are also trying. To keep the discussion appropriate, civil, and hopefully, meaningful or interesting. To be curious.
There are about 3 weeks before the starting line, so please add your ideas, thoughts or liberally apply the mute button!
May 24th - THE GOLDEN AGE: Mahler, Strauss, and the Fin de Siècle - Book Club: The Rest Is Noise - #22 by mfadio
May 31st - DOCTOR FAUST: Schoenberg, Debussy, and Atonality - Book Club: The Rest Is Noise - #46 by mfadio
June 7th - DANCE OF THE EARTH: The Rite, the Folk, le Jazz
June 14th- INVISIBLE MEN: American Composers from Ives to Ellington
June 21st - APPARITION FROM THE WOODS: The Loneliness of Jean Sibelius
June 28th - CITY OF NETS: Berlin in the Twenties
July 5th - THE ART OF FEAR: Music in Stalin’s Russia
July 12th - MUSIC FOR ALL: Music in FDR’s America
July 19th - DEATH FUGUE: Music in Hitler’s Germany
July 26th - ZERO HOUR: The U.S. Army and German Music, 1945-1949
August 2nd - BRAVE NEW WORLD: The Cold War and the Avant-Garde of the Fifties
August 9th - “GRIMES! GRIMES!”: The Passion of Benjamin Britten
August 16th - ZION PARK: Messiaen, Ligeti, and the Avant-Garde of the Sixties
August 23rd - BEETHOVEN WAS WRONG: Bebop, Rock, and the Minimalists
August 30th - SUNKEN CATHEDRALS: Music at Century’s End