Listen To This–IPAP Authors React to Alex Ross’s Latest
December 1, 2011
For at least a century, (classical) music has been captive to a cult of mediocre elitism that tries to manufacture self-esteem by clutching at empty formulas of intellectual superiority. –Alex Ross, pg. 3 (Listen To This)
Beginning today, December 1st, there will be posts centered around “Listen To This” the recent essay collection by Alex Ross, which is now newly available in paperback. We will be posting reaction pieces to various chapters and/or overarching issues from the book, starting with our authors’ varied reactions to Mr. Ross’s expansive first chapter “Listen To This: Crossing the Border from Classical to Pop.” In this chapter, Mr. Ross’s embrace of the sentiment ‘music is music’ allows us to blur our preconceived notions of genre and the expectations that can arise out of how we choose to “box in” that genre.
We will also be sharing several posts on the chapter “Learning the Score: The Crisis in Music Education” shortly.
The book can be found at Amazon here:
or here for the Kindle edition:
You may also find the book at your local public library and/or independent bookseller.
We look forward to having you further the conversation with us!
Laura Lentz for IPAP