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New Yorker critic Ross to discuss music history

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 8 p.m. McCosh 10

Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker and author of a critically acclaimed history of 20th-century music, will deliver a lecture titled "Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues: Bass Lines of Music History" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, in McCosh 10.

Ross' lecture will explore recurring musical patterns across several centuries in order to test the proposition that music is a universal language. Illustrated with audio examples ranging from 16th-century music to Bob Dylan songs, his talk will trace the historical development and transformation of different types of bass lines in both popular and classical music.

Ross has been the music critic of The New Yorker since 1996. His first book, "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century" (2007), won a National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, he received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" and served as a visiting professor of journalism at Princeton.

The talk is designated as the J. Edward Farnum Lecture sponsored by the University Public Lecture Series.

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