Alex Ross

New Yorker Contributor

Alex Ross appears in the following:

A Composer’s New Work Is Deemed Dangerous For Children

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony abruptly canceled the Carnegie Hall debut of a young composer because his piece includes a musical quotation of the Nazi anthem. Did they make the right call?

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John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The composer got kicked out of multiple high schools and moved to the edge of society in Alaska, yet somehow managed to win a 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Here's how he did it.

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Copyright Law for Extraterrestrials

Friday, March 14, 2014

Somewhere at the edge of our heliosphere, billions of miles from Earth, the Voyager 1 spacecraft carries the sounds of a few musicians from our planet into the interstellar void. It also carries a legacy of extraterrestrial copyright law. Bob talks with The New Yorker's music critic Alex Ross about the nature of intergalactic intellectual property.

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Now, Listen to This

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

In his 2010 book “Listen to This,” New Yorker music critic Alex Ross covered a wide swath of musical topics, from classical music in China, to Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes, to the politics of Kiki and Herb. The MacArthur Fellow stops by with a newly updated version of the book - and news from the classical underground.

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Musical Chain Letter: Alex Ross

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

This week on Soundcheck, four authors pass along an album recommendation in a chain-like fashion to the next day's guest. Yesterday, author Jonathan Lethem left behind '70s Krautrock album "NEU! 75" for Alex Ross. Today, the New Yorker music critic responds to Jonathan Lethem's choice from the band NEU! and unveils his pick for tomorrow's guest, author and cultural critic Touré.

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Lend Him Your Ear

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker  since 1996, writes engagingly and thoughtfully across the musical spectrum. His new book, Listen To This, covers popular music as well as explores the evolving, vibrant role of classical music in our culture. He joins us to share his thoughts on our modern musical landscape.

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Close Listeners

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Alex Ross has been writing about music for The New Yorker for well over a decade, covering everything from Schubert to Sonic Youth. Today on Soundcheck, he'll tell us how a broad love of music helps him understand the world. Plus: Writer and director Baz Luhrmann is best known for his work on the films Moulin Rouge and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. He'll join us to discuss the intersection of musical theatre and contemporary pop culture.

Live Music on a Tight Budget

Monday, February 02, 2009

The image of the concert hall as a playground for the rich is planted deep in the cultural psyche but in fact you can get a ticket to the Metropolitan opera for as little as $15. Today on Soundcheck: New Yorker Critic Alex Ross and New York Times critic Nate ...

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MacArthur Fellowships

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, author of "The Rest Is Noise," made the list of MacArthur Fellows announced today. He joins us to talk about his plans for his "genius grant."


That '70s Show

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The seventies are forever the most maligned decade of rock music – the era of Foreigner, Frampton, and Foghat. On today’s Soundcheck Smackdown: a debate over whether the age of the 8-Track deserves more respect. Also: French duo pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque share their new album of Spanish songs ...

China's Music Boom

Friday, July 11, 2008

All eyes are on China, and not just because of the Summer Olympics. Many in Western classical music circles point to China as the future of the genre. But New Yorker music critic Alex Ross isn't so sure. He joins us to talk about the ups and downs of China's ...

The Best of the Blogs

Monday, February 18, 2008

There are more than 80 million blogs on the internet, with many new ones popping up every day. Sarah Boxer of the New York Times has sorted through some of the best for her new book, Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web. Joining her are bloggers Alex Ross ...

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Alex Ross

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Unlike most kids, Alex Ross only discovered rock music in college. Until then, he reveals to host Gilbert Kaplan, it was strictly classical. Since then he has been writing some of the most respected commentary on music – both classical and pop – first as an award-winning critic first at The New York Times and now for the past decade at The New Yorker. His much anticipated – and already acclaimed – first book, The Rest is Noise, a remarkable exploration of 20th century music, has just been published.


Listening to the Twentieth Century

Monday, October 29, 2007

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross analyzed 20th century music to write The Rest Is Noise, discovering some unexpected connections along the way. He explains the links between “West Side Story” and Arnold Schoenberg, and finds corresponding sounds in the music of Jean Sibelius and John Coltrane.

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