Al Gran Sole Carico Damore

Authored by: Jonathan Impett

Routledge Handbook to Luigi Nono and Musical Thought

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781409455974
eBook ISBN: 9780429485732
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The azione scenica Al gran sole carico d’amore was premiered at La Scala in 1975. It was developed in collaboration with Yuri Lyubomov, director of the Taganka Theatre in Moscow, in visits to the USSR. It marks the centenary of the Paris Commune of 1871, using texts by Marx, Brecht, Rimbaud, Che, Pavese, Gramsci and others. Narrative action is balanced with non-linear scenes from Latin America, Vietnam and contemporary Italy. Songs of resistance form much of the material; degrees of figure and recognisability are an important compositional parameter. The event was highly politicised by others, and La Scala was threatened with bankruptcy. Nono, Abbado and Pollini continued with their events for workers. The work is related to the evolving PCI, which under Berlinguer would soon achieve its greatest electoral successes. Its status as a Gramscian opera is discussed.

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