Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

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Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

Post by Chalkperson » Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:17 pm

2008 MacArthur Fellows
Alex Ross


Alex Ross is a critic whose writing captures the often-elusive aesthetic and technical aspects of classical and contemporary music with clarity, grace, and wit. A staff writer for the New Yorker, his frequent essays display an expansive knowledge of music and a facility for guiding his readers, who range from professional musicians to scholars to the general public alike, to a richer experience of the complex pieces and artists he explores. With a finely tuned grasp of a full spectrum of styles, he places works by a broad variety of artists – from Mozart to Schoenberg to Bob Dylan – within a continuum and sets aside categories and classifications that impede the appreciation of works on their own terms. In each article, Ross strives to demonstrate how a specific piece of music, be it centuries or months old, conveys meaning and feeling in the present. In addition to his work in essay form, he recently published the book The Rest Is Noise (2007), a cultural history of 20th-century music that journeys through pre-World War I Vienna, Paris of the 1920s, Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, and New York of the 1960s and 1970s. Through a widely read blog of the same title (http://www.therestisnoise.com), he further expands the reach of his interpretive skills and enthusiasm for championing overlooked composers and out-of-the-way ensembles. In an era when many proclaim the imminent demise of concert halls due to waning attendance, Ross offers both highly specialized and casual readers new ways of thinking about the music of the past and its place in our future.

Alex Ross received a B.A. (1990) from Harvard University. He has been the music critic for the New Yorker since 1996 and served previously as a music critic for the New York Times (1992-1996). His writing has also appeared in the New Republic, Slate, Lingua Franca, and the London Review of Books.

I believe he gets $500,000

http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4537285/

http://www.therestisnoise.com/
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Re: Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

Post by stenka razin » Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:14 pm

Bravo to Alex. He deserves it. 8)
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Re: Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

Post by Lance » Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:13 am

He's darn lucky if he's getting a half million. Most music reviewers I know are barely getting by - even if they haven't lost their jobs yet. Some of the better known critics will, of course, garner much better salaries. They, of course, became better known through their scholarly and appreciated writing style.
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Re: Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

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Re: Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

Post by BC » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:54 am

I saw this news on his blog and am delighted for Alex. His enthusiasm, open-mindedness and hostility to stuffiness and snobbery make him the perfect ambassador for new music. I know quite a few people, including nonclassical musicians and critics, who have kindled or rekindled an interest in modern classical music after reading his book. I've just started rereading it.

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Re: Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

Post by Scott Morrison » Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:10 am

Huzzah!
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Re: Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

Post by SONNET CLV » Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:37 am

According to the list

http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4536877/

violinist Leila Josefowicz also received the prestigious "Genius" award. A couple of other "musical" folks are there, as well. My kudos to all musically-oriented artists and the others on this esteemed list.

I've been enjoying Ross's book for some weeks now, delighting in listening to the pieces he mentions as I move through the text. For the one of you out there who has not yet taken up THE REST IS NOISE, I suggest you delay no longer.

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Re: Alex Ross gets MacArthur Foundation Award

Post by Ricordanza » Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:33 am

SONNET CLV wrote:I've been enjoying Ross's book for some weeks now, delighting in listening to the pieces he mentions as I move through the text. For the one of you out there who has not yet taken up THE REST IS NOISE, I suggest you delay no longer.
I just finished "The Rest is Noise" and I join you in recommending the book.

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