29° Festival Milano Musica
15th October – 23rd November 2020 


dolcissimo«It is the sea on which you go along creating, discovering your route»: with these words, on the occasion of an interview with Enzo Restagno in 1987 Luigi Nono comments on the motto «Caminantes, no hay caminos, hay que caminar» (wanderers, there are no ways, you must walk) written on the wall of a cloister in Toledo and taken from
a poem by Antonio Machado. The refusal to follow an already tracked path and the continuous search for new perspectives have marked since the beginning the artistic personality of the venetian composer, who chose Machado’s words as a title for his second-to-last symphonic work.
The 29th Milano Musica Festival, realized in collaboration with Teatro alla Scala, receives Nono’s message: the necessity to become “Caminantes” ourselves, following his invite to openness, attention, risk and search for new ways. A message which nowadays seems even more urgent.


With five commissions and two international co- commissions, from October 15th to November 23rd, the program features thirteen world premieres and three Italian premieres by explorers of the sound-world of our time such as Claudio Ambrosini, Georges Aperghis, Franco Donatoni, Francesco Filidei, Giacomo Manzoni, Yan Maresz, Marco Momi, Giorgio Netti, Salvatore Sciarrino, Marco Stroppa e Francesca Verunelli, and of the younger generation as Simone Cardini, Andrea Mattera, Luca Ricci, Daria Scia, Mateo Servián Sforza.
The festival gets closer to the enigmas of contemporary creation through an open dialogue with the composers hosted by the Festival at the roundtable discussion “Artistic creation as a public asset and social necessity”, organized in the Ridotto del Palchi “Arturo Toscanini” of Teatro alla Scala, in collaboration with Fondazione Claudio Abbado.
From Teatro alla Scala to Pirelli HangarBicocca, from Palazzo Reale to Santeria Toscana 31, through traditional venues and important theatres, unconventional sites and spaces of artistic relevance, the Festival creates strong listening experiences, in the most adequate places and under the best acoustic conditions.


MIMU Brochure 10x21cm BLOCCO PAGINE 23.07 trascinato 2The new works are set side by side to pieces by Luigi Nono: La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura. Madrigale per più “caminantes” for violin and electronics, interpreted by Francesco D’Orazio and Alvise Vidolin on the occasion of the open preview at the San Fedele Church; Fragmente- Stille, an Diotima will be played by Quatuor Diotima ensemble whose bond to Nono started with the choice of its name, alongside the Italian premiere of Flowers#3 (dripping) by Francesca Verunelli. The connection between Nono and Andrej Tarkovskij, remembered by the composer in 2°) "No hay caminos, hay que caminar... Andrej Tarkowskij", enlightens the cinema projection of Stalker at the Auditorium San Fedele.
On the occasion of the opening concert at Pirelli HangarBicocca, The Seven Heavenly Palaces will tower over a percussion trio – ZAUM_percussion, artist-in-residence 2018/2021 – for the world premiere of works with electronics by Claudio Ambrosini and Marco Momi, and a piano trio, playing recent pieces of Ambrosini and Adriano Guarnieri.
The concerts at Teatro alla Scala mark the program of the Festival: Mariangela Vacatello interprets a piano recital with new works by Georges Aperghis, Yan Maresz and Marco Stroppa; the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, for the fourth time hosted by the Festival at Teatro alla Scala, is conducted by Tito Ceccherini for the world premiere of Tre quadri, a concert for piano and orchestra by Francesco Filidei, with Maurizio Baglini as soloist.

Pianist Ciro Longobardi tackles in a cycle of three concerts Olivier Messiaen’s monumental Catalogue d’oiseaux, while flutist Matteo Cesari and Ensemble Suono Giallo are at the center of the monographic concert dedicated to Salvatore Sciarrino at Palazzo Reale.
The mdi ensemble, artist-in-residence from 2012 to 2017, come back to the Milano Musica Festival for the world premiere of a new work by Giacomo Manzoni, and the Italian premiere of the complete version of Ciclo dell'assedio by Giorgio Netti.
For the new edition of Teatro della Voce, a workshop curated by Laura Catrani and Gabriele Manca, the young composers and musicians of the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” di Milano will present the world premiere of five works.

At the center of the Festival there is the piano recital of Maurizio Pollini, extraordinary interpreter and dedicatee of .....sofferte onde serene... for piano and magnetic tape by Nono.

Some of the concerts are recorded and broadcasted by RAI Radio3, live or deferred.





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Manuscripts by Luigi Nono are kept at Archivio Luigi Nono, Venezia © Eredi Luigi Nono, courtesy of.
In this page: details from the original manuscript of La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura. Madrigale per più "caminantes" con Gidon Kremer, 1989.


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