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:

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This chapter suggests that Russolo's theosophy is the key that allows us to identify, decode, and contextualize the occultist interests which were ever present in his work: from his printmaking and paintings to his theoretical writings on music. Although examples cited in Thought-forms percolated into The Art of Noises, which borrows concepts and structures from The Hidden Side of Things, Russolo chose not to highlight his occult poetics nor to mention theosophy explicitly in his theoretical writings about music. The discussion then turns to modernist criticism of futurism.

Keywords: Luigi Russolo; occult; futurists; theosophy; music; modernist criticism; poetics

Chapter.  1858 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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