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THE REST IS NOISE Listening to the Twentieth Century £9.50 @ Academic Book Collection
THE REST IS NOISE Listening to the Twentieth Century £9.50 @ Academic Book Collection

THE REST IS NOISE Listening to the Twentieth Century £9.50 @ Academic Book Collection

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The music critic of The New Yorker provides a riveting tour of the wild landscape of twentieth-century classical music: portraits of individuals, cultures and nations reveal the composer’s predicament in a noisy, chaotic century. Taking as his starting point a production of Strauss's "Salome" on 16 May 1906, with Puccini, Schoenberg, Berg and Adolf Hitler in the stalls, Ross suggests how this evening can be considered the century's musical watershed, rather than the premiere of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" seven years later. He goes on to explore the mythology of modernism, Sibelius and the music of small countries, Kurt Weill, the music of the Third Reich, Britten, Boulez and the post-war avant-garde, and interactions between minimalist composers and rock bands in the sixties and seventies.ssical music

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Cheaper at Amazon....

However, while browsing I bought Origins by Eric Partridge which was about £16 less than Amazon (even after delivery) so thanks!

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Well, yes, but not much cheaper, I did check. The advantage with Amazon is that free posting is an option. But why should we think that free posting is reasonable? There has to be some competition between companies, and as consumers it may not be in our best interests to drive the price of items ever downwards - some companies, like the Academic Book Collection, promote thoughtfulness, excellence, controversy, argument, in a way that Amazon never can. Is it not worth paying a little extra for this. Would you ever have found Origins on Amazon? I think that, unless you were to do a very specific search, you would not.
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