Alex Ross

The New Yorker


Alex Ross, born in 1968, has been music critic for The New Yorker since 1996. He writes about classical music, from the Metropolitan Opera to the contemporary avant-garde, and has also written essays on literature, history, visual art, film, and ecology. His first book, “The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century,” a cultural history of music since 1900, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His second book, the essay collection “Listen to This,” won the ascap-Deems Taylor Award. His most recent book is Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music, a treatise on Wagner’s enormous cultural influence. He has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



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