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Notturno (author's note)

Notturno (1995)
(trascription for string orchestra of the string quartet Notturno written in 1993 for the Alban Berg Quartet)

...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