In 2007 Alex Ross published his first book, The Rest Is Noise.
Subtitled Listening to the Twentieth Century, Ross’s book tells
the story of 20th-century music within its historical context,
exploring how the events and ideas of the 20th century shaped
the art that was created, and vice versa. Why did musicians write
what they did? Why did the world react the way it did? Why, in
some cases, were they silenced?
Throughout 2013, the London Philharmonic Orchestra appears
as the major orchestral partner in Southbank Centre’s year-long,
multi-art-form festival The Rest Is Noise. Inspired by Ross’s book,
The Rest Is Noise festival looks at the key works of the 20th century
through a wide lens, taking in the political happenings, social
movements, cultural climates and personal stories that gave rise
to these inspiring and sometimes controversial pieces of music.