The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Prize-winning music critic Alex Ross starts a new blog

March 30, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

A reminder: It’s spring break. Because of staffing for the blog, your comments may take a bit longer to get posted. But don’t despair — they will get there.

Alex Ross (below), who writes about classical music for The New Yorker Magazine, is probably the most prestigious critic in the US right now.

He won a National Book Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his recent book, “The Rest Is Noise,” which focused on modern and contemporary music, And that was also the name of his popular blog that was linked to even even at

But now he has phased out that blog in favor of one that he is doing under the aegis of The New Yorker. It is called “Unquiet Thoughts” — a great word-play title, don’t you think? It will be released in September 2010.

Here is a link to his former blog, which has a vast backlog or library of posts, and also the exciting Table of Contents to his new book, “Listen to This”:

And here is a link to the new blog, which lists the appealing table of contents from his new book, and also has lists of other resources including blogs:

And recently Ross (below) gave a speech about when to clap and other matters of concert etiquette — always a touchy subject — in London.

Here is are link to stories about that:

Do you read Alex Ross?

What do you think of his criticism and writings?

What do you think about what he said regarding concert hall etiquette?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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