The most influential of these is the string quartet Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima, which was premiered by the LaSalle Quartet in Was it its extremely fragmented and differentiated form, in which no musical constellations seem to recur in its course of around 40 minutes? Was it its plenitude of prolonged silences, which demanded a whole new system of different fermata? Was it the sheer quietude of the piece, whose dynamic level seldom rises above pp, and often delves lower?
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Gogore Fragmente — Stille, an Diotima, for string quartet Faced with such multiplicity, it is tempting for musicologists to try to put everything into its right place fragmsnte analyses that reveal the system behind the chaos.
A timely question is whether such a frequency of silences and fermata lends an aura of significance to any material. Verdi fused the old Palestrina frsgmente the contemporary, and Nono does the same: This is hinted at by the title: However, I described the insertion of silences and seemingly endlessly prolonged sounds as the radically new feature in the quartet. But the details of his music were just as far from chance procedures and aesthetic indifference as they had been. Nono clearly searches this expressive force negatively in most of the ztille, through almost painful pauses and prolongations and barely audible sounds.
I think it is a rare phenomenon today. Nono began incorporating documentary material in his works, using taped speeches, slogans and street riots to make his political messages explicit.
But what was the turn made by Nono in the fratmente, then? This is now what is crucial. Festival Alternativa, Moscow, October, Feeling much closer to the thinking of John Cage than he had done 20 years earlier, he now frequently spoke of — and composed with — silence. And in his preface to the score, Nono states two other possibilities that have to be avoided: That is very difficult. Rather, the sound documents that are used have this politics as their overarching context; and this context is intended to be transposed to the music.
Very difficult to listen to others in the silence. Was it the sheer quietude of the piece, whose dynamic level seldom rises above pp, and often delves lower? Good listening was, for Nono in his last decade, a political act — good listening that would be searching for the other, and not only for echoes of the self. In short, his aim is autonomous music which somehow — possibly through a negative dialectics — functions in a political way in society.
The chromatic scale is extended with quartertones. He interpreted this turn as a way of coping with the inhumanity of the topic by resigning from communication. Nono willingly shared his thoughts about the subject.
That is an academic, conservative, and reactionary repetition. In the words of Paul Griffiths: Help Center Find new research papers in: The score is divided into no less than 52 short sections.
His friendship with the philosopher Massimo Cacciari — later to be mayor of Venice — had directed Nono towards enigmatic writers like Walter Benjamin, Rainer Maria Rilke and the pre-socratic diltima. Performance I have already discussed the extreme differentiation of the sonic material, and how it has roots back to the early pieces of Nono. Instead of hearing the silence, instead of hearing the others, one often hopes to hear framente. Even though they are not supposed to let the text fragments influence their playing stilke a programmatic way, Nono does not shy away from conjuring up poetic images for the performers.
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Gardajind His friendship with the philosopher Massimo Cacciari — later to be mayor of Venice — had directed Nono towards enigmatic writers like Walter Benjamin, Rainer Maria Rilke and the pre-socratic philosophers. Very difficult to listen to others in the silence. This work one of the Quattro Pezzi Sacri for chorus a cappella combines modern expressiveness with vocal writing in the style of Palestrina to create a prayer, a musical representation of the Virgin. This is now what is crucial.