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n°3 – April 18, Sound, Theater

Space, voice, gesture between Nuova Musica and Nuovo Teatro Musicale

Karlheinz Stockhausen, Premier of GESANG DER JÜNGLINGE, 30 May 1956, WDR Cologne. © karlheinzstockhausen.org

ABSTRACT

In the ‘60s, there was a liminal space where Nuova Musica’s compositions and Nuovo Teatro’s actions had put in place similar solutions, creating a complex cross-reference between theatrical action and musical compositions. Sometimes those compositions – not thought for the theatre – have deepened crucial aspect for Nuovo Teatro and sometimes anticipated what was happening in the theatrical-musical scene. The problematics raised from those compositions and the resulting reflections concern mainly the use of the acustic space, the voice and the body language. The first two (space and voice) are elements that Nuova Musica was thinking back since the ‘50s, before the actions of the Nuovo Teatro Musicale began to undermine the foundation of the traditional opera. After a short excursus in the practice of voice and space in the ‘50s, and after analyzing how the body language step inside the music’s composition process during the ‘60s, we analyze some compositions by Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio and Domenico Guaccero, searching for changes and afterthougts that can be grasped in compositions not directly designed for the theatre stage.

This article is available in: ITA

Author

Daniele Vergni, dottorando in Spettacolo presso la Facoltà SARAS dell'Università La Sapienza di Roma, si occupa di Performance Art e del Nuovo Teatro Musicale in Italia nella seconda metà del Novecento. È redattore della rivista «Sciami|ricerche», membro del gruppo Acusma e di Nuovo Teatro Made in Italy, diretti dalla Prof.ssa Valentina Valentini. Collabora con la rivista «Artribune» e ha collaborato con «Alfabeta2». Tra le sue pubblicazioni Nuovo Teatro Musicale in Italia (1961-1970) (Bulzoni, 2019). Per il progetto ERC “INCOMMON In praise of community. Shared creativity in arts and politics in Italy (1959-1979)” diretto dalla Prof.ssa Annalisa Sacchi ha pubblicato il saggio Fare Musica. L’azione “teatrale” di Giuseppe Chiari negli anni Sessanta (in Ilenia Caleo, Piersandra Di Matteo, Annalisa Sacchi (a cura di), In fiamme. La performance nello spazio delle lotte (1967-1979), Bruno Editore, Venezia 2021, pp. 360-369).