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Nostalgia for the FutureLuigi Nono's Selected Writings and Interviews$
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Luigi Nono, Angela Ida De Benedictis, and Veniero Rizzardi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291195

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291195.001.0001

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“Conscience, Feelings, Collective Reality”

“Conscience, Feelings, Collective Reality”

(p.263) Part Three “Conscience, Feelings, Collective Reality” (p.264)
Nostalgia for the Future
Angela Ida De Benedictis, Veniero Rizzardi
University of California Press

This section is devoted to Nono's characteristic expressions as a “political” composer of the 1960s and 1970s. It considers the urgency of grounding the work of composition in an understanding of the historical emergence of social configurations, and represents the logical development of the program announced in 1959 with “Historical Presence of Music Today.” This, in fact, is the prelude to the passionate resumption of the Sartrian question “Why write?”, which, at the turn of a decade, is transformed into a harsh and thorough polemic against contemporary European avant-garde music. During those years, his orientation toward a politically focused musical production was sharpened and radicalized. It was aligned both with an agenda derived from a “progressive” reading of national culture and with that of the international workers' movement.

Keywords:   Luigi Nono, political composer, composition, European music, avant-garde music, national culture, international workers' movement

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