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More than anyone, Nono managed to combine the political and the personal in his music. The most famous example is his early masterpiece Il canto sospeso (1955-1956). The text Nono used for this cantata for soloists, choir and orchestra consists of farewell letters from political prisoners written shortly before their executions. Nono focused on the emotional impact rather than the texts being literally audible: the content of the letters was completely internalized in a musical piece with great expressiveness and sensibility.
Como una ola de fuerza y luz is a political work which Nono dedicated to the young Chilean revolutionary leader Luciano Cruz, who died in 1971 under suspect circumstances. It's an intense requiem for piano, soprano, orchestra and sound tape, which in the space of 30 minutes takes us through all stages from inner calm to wild ferocity.