Saturday, September 29, 2007

Luigi Nono: Fragments of Venice (UK)

Luigi Nono (1924-1990) is one the towering musical voices of the 20th century, a composer of immense power and thoughtfulness. Towards the end of his life, Nono wrote and premiered in his home city of Venice a remarkable spatially inspired composition which is recognised as the summation of his creative output. A colossal work for multiple orchestras, voices, narrators and synthesised sound, Prometeo redefined the very act of public listening.

In celebration of Nono’s work Southbank Centre presents a six month festival that begins with one of Venice’s first great spatially inspired compositions - Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 - and culminates in the long awaited UK premiere of Prometeo. A major theme of the Festival that emerges is Venice itself, the city that dominated Nono’s life and that has over the centuries been home to a unique series of musical spaces.

[read more - via southbankcentre.co.uk]

[The Luigi Nono Archive]

[Guardian Review]