In the spring of 1993 Luigi Nono’s heirs rented two spacious rooms in a 16th century palazzetto, recently restored and protected against flooding by high tides. The building, known as Palazzo Foscari, faces the house in which Luigi Nono was born, across the Giudecca Canal. One of the rooms contains the archival collections and office equipment including a color laser copier, used for reproducing manuscripts (acquired thanks to the generosity of the publisher Casa Ricordi and Office Tecno Service, Venice). The other room serves as a reading and listening room, or for public events. All visitors have access to the recently acquired books and current secondary literature, as well as the computerized catalog of the archival holdings, all situated in this room. Audio and video equipment (donated by Sony Classical Europe) is also available for visitors’ use. The Association was established in December 1993. The Archives receive some financial support from public institutions (Ministero per i beni e le Attività Culturali, Sopraintendenza Archivistica per il Veneto, Regione Veneto, Comune di Venezia, Municipalità di Venezia, Fondazione di Venezia) and from international sponsors (Pro Musica Viva, Maria Strecker, Daelen Stiftung, Banca Intesa), but relies also upon private donations (in particular from the Friends of the Luigi Nono Archives) and upon help by volunteers and interns.
The Archives are open to anyone who wishes to deepen his/her knowledge of Luigi Nono’s works. Students and musicologists who would like to carry out extensive research projects in the Archives are requested to send in a short description of their projects, the length of time they expect to spend in the Archives and a curriculum vitae, so that their visit may be planned in advance. We welcome interns (volonteers) who wish to gain experience in the management of music archives.