Module 2 is built around two video recordings of a lecture/presentation given at the Orpheus Institute on 14 November 2013 – a lecture about the totality of the materials that (1) led to the composition of .....sofferte onde serene... (folding) and (2) were generated after the original piece was done (unfolding). Such things include original sketches, working tapes, manuscripts, the final score, the final tape, editions, recordings, books and articles, the digitisation of the tapes, the new critical edition, the transformation for orchestra, and others. Inspired by Michel Foucault’s concept of ‘archaeology’ this module further includes pictures, web links and audio files directly mentioned in the video recordings. In a nutshell, it exposes the material things that can make …..sofferte onde serene… a part of a ‘discourse-object’.

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Archaeology does not try to restore what has been thought, wished, aimed at, experienced, desired by men in the very moment at which they expressed it in discourse; it does not set out to recapture that elusive nucleus in which the author and the oeuvre exchange identities; in which thought still remains nearest to oneself, in the as yet unaltered form of the same, and in which language has not yet been deployed in the spatial, successive dispersion of discourse. In other words, it does not try to repeat what has been said by reaching it in its very identity. It does not claim to efface itself in the ambiguous modesty of a reading that would bring back, in all its purity, the distant, precarious, almost effaced light of the origin. It is nothing more than a rewriting: that is, in the preserved form of exteriority, a regulated transformation of what has already been written. It is not a return to the innermost secret of the origin; it is the systematic description of a discourse-object.


Michel Foucault
The Archaeology of Knowledge
1969 (2002: 15)

Part I: Folding

ALN 153 (2:00–2:03)

ALN 67 (5:30–5:37)

ALN 67 (4:15–4:25)

ALN153 (1:20–1:25)

Short excerpts of the recording sessions. Voices of Luigi Nono, Maurizio Pollini, and Marino Zuccheri.

Digitisation of the working tapes

ALN 153 (3:28–3:35)

LP DGG 2531 004. Maurizio Pollini, piano.


First edition, 1977.

First recording (LP and CD).

Second edition, 1992.

Luigi Nonos Wende.
Wolke Verlag: Hofheim 2006.

Recording: Paulo de Assis, piano (2013) [beginning].

Part II: Unfolding

Orchestration (Assis).

Orchestral transformation [beginning].

Performative annotations (Assis).

Transcription of the tape (Assis).

Ricordi tape [beginning].

Reconstruction of the original stereo tape, ME21  [beginning].

Experimental Studio Freiburg tape [beginning].

Kölner Philharmonie, programme.

Errata (Assis).

Prototype of the Critical Edition (Assis 2013).

Kölner Philharmonie, programme and spatialisation.