1st Edition

Routledge Handbook to Luigi Nono and Musical Thought

By Jonathan Impett Copyright 2019
    560 Pages
    by Routledge

    570 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Of the post-war, post-serialist generation of European composers, it was Luigi Nono who succeeded not only in identifying and addressing aesthetic and technical questions of his time, but in showing a way ahead to a new condition of music in the twenty-first century. His music has found a listenership beyond the ageing constituency of ‘contemporary music’. In Nono’s work, the audiences of sound art, improvisation, electronic, experimental and radical musics of many kinds find common cause with those concerned with the renewal of Western art music. His work explores the individually and socially transformative role of music; its relationship with history and with language; the nature of the musical work as distributed through text, time, technology and individuals; the nature and performativity of the act of composition; and, above all, the role and nature of listening as a cultural activity. In many respects his music anticipates the new technological state of culture of the twenty-first century while radically reconnecting with our past. His work is itself a case study in the evolution of musical activity and the musical object: from the period of an apparently stable place for art music in Western culture to its manifold new states in our century. Routledge Handbook to Luigi Nono and Musical Thought seeks to trace the evolution of Nono’s musical thought through detailed examination of the vast body of sketches, and to situate this narrative in its personal, cultural and political contexts.

    1. Prolegomena: a Venetian Pre-biography 2. Accelerated Learning: Years of Study 1942-1950 3. Confronting Modernism: Darmstadt 4. Taking positions: song 5. ‘Docere e movere’: Il canto sospeso 6. Poetry and drama 7. Intolleranza 1960 8. New spaces: studio, street, factory 9. Manifestos 10. Al gran sole carico d’amore 11. Waves 12. Verso Prometeo 13. a tragedy of listening 14. Resonances 15. Possible worlds


    Jonathan Impett is a trumpet player and composer. He is Director of Research at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, where he leads the research group ‘Music, Thought and Technology’, and Associate Professor at Middlesex University, London. His work is concerned with the resituating and redistributing of musical activity. It explores the spaces between score and improvisation, musician and technology, the use of interactive and intelligent systems, the cultural role of models from science and the nature of the contemporary technologically situated musical artefact. He is also a member of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.

    'Jonathan Impett’s substantial and comprehensive Handbook … offers a formidable combination of aesthetic empathy and technical clear- headedness'.

    Arnold Whittall, The Musical Times, AUTUMN 2019, Vol. 160, No. 1948