Nonnenmann: Der Gang durch die Klippen
Helmut Lachenmanns Begegnungen mit Luigi Nono anhand ihres Briefwechsels und anderer Quellen 1957-1990
Won the German Music Edition Award 2014.
An exceptional teacher-student relationship.
Luigi Nono and Helmut Lachenmann were bound by an exceptional teacher-student relationship. The 21-year-old student Lachenmann was so impressed by the charismatic avant-garde composer Nono in Darmstadt in 1957 that he went to Venice to study with him. Lachenmann later designated their relationship as “steering among cliffs” with an intensive exchange of ideas, plans and compositions, personal and artistic crises as well as heated controversies which led to quarrels, to a silence of several years, and, finally, to a lasting friendship. This is documented in letters, dedications, semester reports and lecture texts that are published here for the first time and presented in their proper context.
From the press:
“A book I simply cannot put down” (Joerg Widmann).
“... more than just a moving story – whoever wants to know what an artistic exchange can really mean should read this document” (Nikolaus Brass).
“An incredibly enlightening documentary” (Peter Ruzicka).
“The reader becomes the witness of an extremely exciting dialogue between two great composers” (Michael Haefliger).