8vo., in original beige wrappers with black lettering, pp. 92, , with frontispiece b/w photographic portrait of author and b/w photographic reproduction of ‘Nel Laboratorio degli Intonarumori a Milano’, originally a painting by Russolo’s assistant, Ugo Piatti. First edition. Rare. Some browning to wrappers and pages, mild foxing and wear to wrapper edges, frontispiece portrait cracking at the spine; otherwise very good and clean. Luigi Russolo (1885-1947) was an Italian composer, painter and inventor, and key member of the Italian Futurist movement in the arts. L’Arte dei rumori expounds his theory of music as a system of noises rather than harmonies. His manifesto is reprinted in the first chapter of this book and dated 11 March 1913. Text in Italian.
RUSSOLO, Luigi., L’Arte dei rumori., Edizioni Futuriste di “Poesia”, 1916
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