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Photo credit: Estorick Collection, London

Music 1911

Luigi Russolo (1885–1947)

Estorick Collection, London

(b Portogruaro, nr. Venice, 30 Apr. 1885; d Cerro di Laveno, Lake Maggiore, 6 Feb. 1947). Italian painter and musician. He signed both the Futurist painters' manifestos in 1910, but he is remembered mainly as ‘the most spectacular innovator among the Futurist musicians’ (New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1980). In 1913 he published a manifesto, of L'arte dei rumari (The Art of Noises, expanded in book form in 1916), and later in the same year he demonstrated the first of a series of intonarumori (‘noise-makers’), which produced a startling range of sounds.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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