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Luigi Nono


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Venezia, Italy (1924 – 1990)

Luigi Nono (29 January 1924 – 8 May 1990) was an Italian avant-garde composer of classical music. He remains one of the most prominent composers of the 20th century.

Born in Venice, Italy, Nono was a member of a wealthy artistic family, and his grandfather was a notable painter. Nono began music lessons with Gian Francesco Malipiero in 1941 at the Venice Conservatory where he acquired knowledge of the Renaissance madrigal tradition, amongst other styles. After graduating with a degree in law from the University of Padua, he was given encouragement in composition by Bruno Maderna.

In 1950, he attended the “Ferienkurse für neue Musik” in Darmstadt, where he met composers such as Edgard Varèse and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Works from this first period include: Polifonica-Monodica-Ritmica (1951), Epitaffio per Federico García Lorca (1952-1953), La victoire de Guernica (1954) and Liebeslied (1954). He increasingly rejected the analytical approach of serialism, as evidenced by the following works: Incontri (1955), Il canto sospeso, (1955-1956), et Cori di Didone (1958).

He married Arnold Schönberg’s daughter Nuria in 1955.

Nono was committed to socialism. He joined the Communist party in 1952. His music was also a revolt against bourgeois culture. As such, he avoided most normal concert genres in favor of opera and electronic music, and sought to bring music to factories. He made frequent recourse to political texts in his work.


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  • affasf

    I don't think music can get better than Quando Stanno Morendo.

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    The guy was brilliant.

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Metaknite

    Luigi Nono (29 January...... married Arnold Schönberg’s daughter Nuria in 1955). niccccccceee

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • goodmorningcptn

    I love this man

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
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    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • progtrance7

    His 80's tunes is even more epic. Diotima, Quando, Mostri, Prometeo, Caminar trios, Erranti, and Futura. I listen to most of 'em every night. Pure revelation.

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • blackless

    Intolleranza 1960 and Il Canto Sospeso are epic.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • GiaNXGX

    La fabbrica Illuminata is particularly great

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Jhaidinszaev

    pretty much all of his releases on Neos are great

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ut0

    The 2012 release on Neos is great.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • goodmorningcptn

    I wish his writings on art and politics would be translated into english already.

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • clocks-n-clouds

    My favorite of the Darmstadt trifecta is always changing, but right now it's def Nono! #swag

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • blackless

    Il canto Sospeso needs more appreciation

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • _KevMusic_

    Yes, Contrappunto dialettico alla mente ist krieg.

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • affasf

    Contrappunto dialettico alla mente ist krieg.

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • zarlino

    Gigi, this is a world of background music. I loved your music for years and still in my daily life I find it hard to stop and just listen.

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • zorzynek

    I'm glad Nono isn't going to watch Inland Empire.

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • NINlife

    can't wait to see his corpse play live

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • ashitano_tamago

    Luigi Nono On Tour!!!

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • insomniacme

    im sure he would've admired Inland Empire as much as we do <3

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
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