Sunday, March 11, 2007
V/A - Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises (Futurism)
Musica Futurista: The Art of Noises is a 74 minute collection of music and spoken word from the Italian Futurist movement 1909-1935, including original recordings by Marinetti, Russolo and Balilla Pratella.
As well as vintage 'free verse' readings by Futurist figurehead F.T. Marinetti, the CD includes recordings of the celebrated intonarumori (noise intoners) created by Luigi Russolo, including the compostition The Awakening of a City. Russolo's public performances scandalized Europe in 1914 yet still resonate today. Although his extraordinary ideas met with fierce resistance, it is now clear he exerted a powerful influence on a number of leading avant-garde and experimental composers, initially Igor Stravinsky, George Antheil and Arthur Honegger, and later John Cage, Edgard Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Harry Partch, as well as non-classical electronica and avant-rock. As well as period recordings, the CD includes contemporary performances of other key Futurist works by Balilla Pratella, Antonio Russolo, Aldo Giuntini, Luigi Grandi, Silvio Mix, Franco Casavola, Alfredo Casella, Matty Malneck and Frank Signorelli.
All material on this definitive collection has been digitally remastered. The deluxe booklet features many rare images, as well as detailed historical notes by noted author James Hayward.
01 F.T. MARINETTI Definizione Di Futurismo
02 FRANCESCO BALILLA PRATELLA War (La Guerra)
03 F.T. MARINETTI La Battaglia Di Adrianopoli
04 LUIGI RUSSOLO The Awakening Of A City
05 ANTONIO RUSSOLO Corale/Serenata
06 F.T. MARINETTI & ALDO GIUNTINI Sintesi Musicali Futuristiche
07 ALDO GIUNTINI The India Rubber Man
08 LUIGI GRANDI Dogfight (Aeroduello)
09 SILVIO MIX Two Preludes/Dance Of The Monkeys
10 FRANCO CASAVOLA Prigionieri Prelude/Dance Of The Monkeys
11 ALFREDO CASELLA Pupazzetti
12 F.T. MARINETTI Parole In Liberta
13 MATTY MALNECK & FRANK SIGNORELLI Futurist Caprice
14 F.T. MARINETTI Five Radio Sintesi
Some of the piano pieces can sound a bit dated, but it's worth it for the wealth of Marinetti pieces alone...