Arts & Culture | The Futurists | Modern Era | Classical

Futurism was an artistic movement of the early twentieth century. Its influences spread to all areas of the arts, including literature and the visual arts as well as music.

The main force behind the movement was the Italian writer Filippo Marinetti, who published the definitive manifesto of the Futurists in 1909. With declared enthusiasm for modernity and new inventions, such as the motor car, it is not surprising that the movement’s members would experiment with electronic music. One of the greatest living Italian composers of the time, Busoni, who had already declared an interest in microtonal music and had prophesied that the future of music would lie with the electric, would have been an obvious leader; however, he had been living in Berlin since 1894 and was not, besides, a ‘joiner’ by nature. Deprived of his contribution, the group contained Francesco Pratella (1880–1955), a composer who wrote three Futurist music manifestos, as well as Luigi Russolo and Ugo Piatti.

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