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Notturno (Quartetto III) – Author's note

for string quartet (1993)

...it is nocturnal because it is silent. It is silent because it is made up of unspoken words (“Ihr das verschwiegene Wort”*) and incomplete discourses. It is silent even when it is loud, because the form itself is silent and non-argumentative. Every so often it turns back upon itself, bringing to the surface those silenced words; every so often it comes to a stop, insisting on a single figure, dilating it obsessively…

Luciano Berio