Premiere: January 25, 2010 Regensburg, Musikhochschule, Konzertsaal (D) · Stefan Barcsay, Gitarre
Publisher: Schott Music
Duration: 10' 0''
Difficulty: intermediate to advanced
Series: Guitar Archive
16 Pages - Saddle stitching
Order number: GA 558
Nocturnes have a long tradition – from the notturni by Mozart and Haydn via the nocturnes of the Romantic era to Chopin who elevated the genre to fascinating character piece: He created ambivalently shining gems in an unreal world of human nature which were as close to the extremely sublime as to a demonic abyss. Enjott Schneider's '3 Nocturnes', the core of each of which is characterized by a Latin motto, stand in this tradition. Cicero's 'Somnus est imago mortus' sees sleep as a resemblance of death. 'Die Zeit eilt weg, die Liebe aber bleibt' [Time passes but love remains] explores the ambivalence between that what is hurrying and that what stays eternally. Ovid's 'Der Tropfen höhlt den Stein nicht durch Kraft, sondern durch stetes Fallen' [The drop hollows the stone, not by force but by constant dripping] has its counterpart in a minimalist motif which has a lasting influence on the listener through its constant sounding.
I Somnus est imago mortis (Cicero)
II Tempus fugit, Amor manet
III Gutta cavat lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo (Ovid)