F.T Marinetti

Born in Egypt in 1876 to a wealthy family, from whom he inherted millions (which later helped fund his futurist movement)

In 1898 he published his first work in the free verse style: Marinetti was on a personal crusade to liberate poetry and literature from the constraints of traditional punctuation and syntax.

In 1905 he began Poesia, an international literary magazine which helped launch the idea of free verse.

Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto is published on the front page of Le Figaro on February 20, 1909.

by 1910 he had been joined by the artists Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà and Luigi Russolo as well as a small following of musicians, poets and writers. This group is known as the 'first wave' Futurists. 

(follow the timeline and Futurism & Politics for more info)

Select Works done by F.T. Marinetti

For some audio clips of Marinetti, look in the "Italy Timeline Art" folder on the cd I gave you. Go into the "music&sound" folder. There you will find two Real Audio Files of Marinetti's work.

1. Sintesi Musical Futuristiche - for narrator and improvised piano

2. La Battagliadi Adrianopoli - Listen for "Zang Tumb Tumb"