Jonathan Impett: Routledge Handbook to Luigi Nono and Musical Thought

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Hile 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.

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Cerned 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

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 uestions 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 con.