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date: 23 October 2019

Nono, Luigilocked

  • Gianmario Borio

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(b Venice, Jan 29, 1924; d Venice, May 8, 1990). Italian composer. A leading figure in the postwar European avant garde, he asserted his independence from that circle in the late 1950s, exploring a passionate social and political commitment through the most advanced technical means, electronics especially. While political messages are less explicit in his works from the late 1970s onwards, he sought in his last decade, through an extreme concentration of musical material and a meticulous attention to sound itself, modes of listening and performing which would embody on a more intimate level the same ethical concerns with perception, communication and human interaction.

Born into a family of artists – his grandfather Luigi was a painter and his great-uncle Urbano a sculptor – Nono took an interest from an early age in cultural history and art. His interest in music was encouraged by his parents, who were amateur musicians and who owned a sizable collection of recordings. From ...

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