Music: Imaginative Ears

"I am against tradition and habits in sex," says Italian Composer Luigi Nono. "I am against repetition every time you make love. I apply this also to my music."

Nono has applied his philosophy of nonrepetition so adroitly that, at 38, he is one of Europe's most respected avant-garde composers—and one of the hardest to classify. Although he dabbles in electronic music, he is not primarily a member of the electronic school; although he has written twelve-tone music, he is now convinced that "the twelve-tone serial no longer exists." Nono's greatest gift is for choral works—some of them so formidable...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!