Read all about it: the complete Centurion set

In the spirit of The Rest Is Noise, Alex Ross's incredible book that inspired Southbank Centre's year-long festival of 20th-century music, we too have been delving into the stories behind the music of the 20th century, in a series of newspapers.

Throughout 2013 we've enjoyed taking a wider look at the events and individuals that shaped the music of one of the most dynamic periods in history and have had a lot of fun exploring some perhaps lesser-known facts about some of the 20th-century's most influential composers, whose work we have been performing throughout the year.

The complete set of newspapers, designed by Cog Design, is available to read online at the links below. If you would like paper copies, please just drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your details. Happy reading!

Issue 1: All the Makings of a Scandal (1900-1915)

Riots at the ballet, operas full of sex and violence and punch-ups at premieres. New music at the turn of the 20th century causes a stir.

Featuring: Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky.

Issue 2: Culture of Fear (1916-1939)

Songs of subversion and submission spread across Europe as music becomes a political tool in the lead-up to the Second World War. Jazz and cabaret make their mark on the world and American classical music comes into its own.

Featuring: Kurt Weill, Carl Orff and George Gerswhin.

Issue 3: Times They Are A'Changing (1945-1975)

The world reels after the Second World War. New ideas and new beliefs give rise to new sounds and the avant-garde movements of the 1950s and '60s.

Featuring: Benjamin Britten, Olivier Messiaen and Alfred Schnittke.

Issue 4: Classical Music for our Contemporary Lives (1976-2000)

A look at the music that soundtracks our modern lives, and ‘classical’ music’s role in contemporary culture.

Featuring: John Adams, Arvo Pärt and Mark-Anthony Turnage.