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Como una ola de fuerza y luz (Nono) Milan 2024 Ingo Metzmacher, Serena Sáenz

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  • Published by: LaScala TV  
  • Date Published: 2024  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
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Como una ola de fuerza y luz for soprano, piano, orchestra, and magnetic tape
Luigi Nono

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43
Dmitri Shostakovich

Como una ola de fuerza y luz (Spanish for Like a wave of strength and light) is a composition for soprano, piano, orchestra, and magnetic tape by Italian composer Luigi Nono. It was composed between 1971 and 1972 and was Nono’s first attempt at giving the piano a leading role in a composition.

Luigi Nono’s political allegiance was present throughout much of his artistic production. A member of the Italian Communist Party since 1952, he took part in practical political and cultural work all throughout the 60s and 70s. This commitment and a collaboration with pianist Maurizio Pollini and conductor Claudio Abbado led to the composition of this piece. Even though Nono had known Pollini since September, 1966 and Nono was already a household name in avant-garde classical music, it was not until September 1971 that he would start working with Pollini on his first composition for piano, because Nono thought Pollini’s piano skills and musicality to be “very fascinating”. Some time after starting the project, he learned about the accidental death of Chilean left activist Luciano Cruz, one of the young leaders of the Movement of the Revolutionary Left. Nono had come to know Cruz in Santiago de Chile in June of that year and built a strong friendship with him. For this reason, Nono decided to expand the first draft of the composition and added a soprano voice with some of the lines of a poem by Argentine poet Julio Huasi [es].

This composition was finished in 1972 and premiered at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on June 28, 1972. Claudio Abbado conducted the La Scala Theatre Orchestra, with Maurizio Pollini at the piano and Slavka Taskova as the soprano. The original tape for the composition was realized months before at the Studio di fonologia musicale di Radio Milano, with sound technician Maurizio Zuccheri under the Nono’s supervision and direction. The score was published that year in facsimile by Ricordi.[4] It was dedicated to “Luciano Cruz para vivir” (Spanish for “That Luciano Cruz may live”).


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