Luigi Nono’s stage conceptions, poets & architects

Call for Papers International Symposium: Luigi Nono’s stage conceptions, poets & architects

November 23-25 2010, Lisbon


The Research Centre of Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (CESEM) of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in collaboration with Culturgest, is organizing an International Symposium on Luigi Nono’s stage conceptions, Poets & Architects.


One of the most important and influential composers of the second half of the 20th century Luigi Nono was a musician of multifaceted interests, restricting himself not only to music and allowing for an artistic personality that went far beyond that of being merely a composer. Luigi Nono was able to develop a conception of art in which aesthetics and politics worked together, in which engaged art and abstract art where not at odds with each other, and in which the independence of artefacts and their social usefulness could coexist at the same time. As Helmut Lachenmann stated in 1973, referring to Luigi Nono’s work: “There is no credible music without lucid compositional techniques, but there is no lucid act of composing without a responsible ethos that goes far beyond music making, an attitude that requires a will towards such an ethos with full existential commitment.”


An artist of vast culture and an insatiable curiosity for knowledge, Luigi Nono was permanently open to other cultures, disciplines and areas of thought. In addition to his musical mastery, he cultivated highly stimulating encounters with philosophers, writers, poets, painters, stage producers and architects creating a sumptuous network of cultural and artistic rhizomes. If a deep understanding of Nono’s music necessarily implies a thorough study of his compositional techniques, it is also equally important, on the other hand, to situate, identify and explore in depth his manifold interests and encounters.

This Symposium aims to stimulate a broader discourse on three fields of the utmost relevance within Nono’s oeuvre: scenic conceptions and collaborations with stage producers, his relation to poetry and poets as well as his interest on Architecture.


The Scientific Committee is, therefore, pleased to invite scholars (musicologists, philosophers, literature and theatre historians), artistic researchers, composers, performers, architects and art historians to present proposals for papers relating to one of the three following subjects:


1. Nono’s conceptions of Theatre, Dramaturgy and scenic environments including work with dramaturges, stage producers, and philosophers such as Angelo Maria Ripellino, Vaclav Kaslik, Josef Svoboda, Giuliano Scabia, Giovanni Pirelli, Juri Ljubimov, and Massimo Cacciari.

2. The poets of Luigi Nono: Federico García Lorca, Antonio Machado, Wladimir Majakowskij, Paul Eluard, Cesare Pavese, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Friedrich Hölderlin, Rainer Marie Rilke, H. Melville, Ingeborg Bachmann.

3. The architects related to Luigi Nono (Carlo Scarpa, Renzo Piano, Arata Isozaki), and architecture as intrinsic dimension of composing, performing and listening to music.


Presentations will be allocated up to 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for questions and discussion.APPLICATIONS

Applications must contain the following information: 1) The thematic subject chosen (1 – 3) 2) Title of the presentation 3) Abstracts (the abstracts should not have over 3000 characters) 4) A short Curriculum Vitae (not over 2000 characters)




The Symposium is to take place at Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal, from Tuesday November 23, 2010 9h30 through Thursday November 25, 2010 18h00.


New deadline for proposals (abstracts) is July 24, 2010. Written in Portuguese, English, German or Italian they should be sent as an attachment to the following e-mail address:


Notification of acceptance will be made by July 30, 2010.



Registration fee for participants: € 70 (payment deadline October 31 2010). Audience enrolment in the Symposium, with certification: € 25. Free entrance (with no certification).



Paulo de Assis, Mário Vieira de Carvalho



André Richard, Gianmario Borio, Jürg Stenzl, Mário Vieira de Carvalho, Paulo de Assis


For all practical information and/or any doubt please contact CESEM at: CESEM – Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Av. de Berna 26-C 1069-061 Lisboa – Portugal +351 21 7908300