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...

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