Electronic Music Foundation

Music by
Luigi Nono

Stefan Litwin, pianist

Sunday, February 26, 2pm

Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street
New York, New York

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Series overview



Stefan Litwin discusses Luigi Nono's ... sofferte onde serene ... / ... suffering quiet waves ..., for piano and recorded sounds. He will explain how the piece works, relate it to other works by Liszt, Debuss, and Ravel, and perform it.


Luigi Nono
The most important of Italian composers in the late 20th century, Luigi Nono is known as a successor to the spare pointalistic style of Webern's earlier music and for his use of space in later works, as in Prometeo. He is also known for the political strength of his music, as in the anti-facism of Il Canto Sospeso, based on letters by resistance workers during WWII, and the anti-capitalism of La Fabbrica Illuminata.

Stefan Litwin
Stefan Litwin, pianist, has performed as soloist with orchestras and chamber groups throughout the world. He has worked with Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, and other leading composers. He is George C. Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina, and the Akademie der Künste Berlin recently established a Stefan-Litwin-Archive for his compositions, recordings, and writings.


About ... sofferte onde serene ... (... suffering quiet waves ... ), Nono wrote, "At my home, in the Giudecca in Venezia, one hears the sounds of various bells, in repetitive variation, with varying accents, in the day and the night, through the fog and with the sun. They're a signal of life on the lagoon, on the sea. They come invited to our work, to meditation, as a warning. And life continues in the suffering and serenity necessary for the 'equilibrium of the profound inside,' as Kafka said."

... sofferte onde serene ... was written for the well-known pianist Maurizio Pollini. The pianist plays with recordings of the piano (recorded by Pollini), as Nono wrote, "resulting in two acoustic pianos that often confound, often annul the mechanical peculiarity of the recording."