Controversial Leonardo

Luciano Chessa

in Luigi Russolo, Futurist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780520270633
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951563 | DOI:
Controversial Leonardo

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Veneration of Leonardo da Vinci among the futurists had deep roots in the prehistory of the movement, that is, in the Movimento Fiorentino, a group of intellectuals active in Florence at the beginning of the twentieth century whose goal was to reawaken Italian cultural life from its gilded sleep. Russolo mentioned Leonardo often, but he never openly acknowledged his debt to him. Subconscious denial serves well to explain Russolo's silence on the subject of his Leonardine borrowings, but his silence can be read in yet another way. Knowing that he felt protective about the insides of his intonarumori, we can just as reasonably assume that Russolo chose to avoid discussing specific mechanical principles so as not to trivialize the ultimate creative aims of his art of noises. And since Russolo gave a specific meaning to the word creativity, these aims may have been for him, at their core, ineffable.

Keywords: Luigi Russolo; Leonardo da Vinci; futurists; Movimento Fiorentino; creativity

Chapter.  4389 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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