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Name: Luigi Nono  
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Date of Birth: 29th January 1924
Place of Birth: Venice, Italy
Profession: Composer
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Luigi Nono (29 January 1924 - 8 May 1990) was an Italian composer of contemporary music.

Nono studied at the Venice Conservatoire where he became acquainted with serialism. (He married Schönberg's daughter Nuria in 1955). He became a leading composer of electronic, aleatory, and serial music.

In 1950, he attended the "Ferienkurse für neue Musik" in Darmstadt, where he met composers such as 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 in favour of the integrity of the musical phenomenon: Incontri (1955), Il canto sospeso, (1955-1956), et Cori di Didone (1958).

Nono was committed to socialism. In 1952, he joined the Communist party. His avant-garde 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. Many of his works are overtly political: Il canto sospeso (1956), based on the letters of victims of wartime oppression, which brought him international fame; Diario polacco (1958), Intolleranza, (1960), Intolleranza (1961), La fabbrica illuminata (1964), Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto ad Auschwitz (1966), Non consumiamo Marx (1969), Ein Gespenst geht um in der Welt (1971), Canto per il Vietnam (1973), and Al gran sole carico d'amore (1975). From 1956 onward, he was increasingly interested in electronic music, first at the "Elektroakustische Experimentalstudio" at Gravesano (Scherchen). Electronic music is involved in works like Como una ola de fuerza y luz pour soprano, piano, orchestra and tape (1971-1972), ...sofferte onde serene... for piano and tape (1974-1977) and especially Al gran sole carico d'amore (1972-1975).

After 1980 he worked in the "Experimentalstudio der Heinrich Strobel-Stiftung des Südwestfunks" in Freiburg, where he resolutely turned to live electronics. He became increasingly interested in the properties of sound as such. The new approach became apparent in works such as Quando Stanno Morendeo Diario polacco n° 2 (1982), Guai ai gelidi mostri (1983) et Omaggio a Kurtág (1983), but above all in his last opera Prometeo (1984). In the same spirit he wrote Fragmente - Stille, an Diotima (1980), No hay caminos, hay que caminar... Andrei Tarkovski pour 7 groupes instrumentaux (1987), La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura for violin, live electronics and tape (1988).

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