Category:  Organ / Sacred Music

Movements: Prima Pars, Secunda Pars,
Tertia Pars, Quarta Pars. Quinta Pars

Duration: 18.30 (6:00, 2:20, 4:50, 1:30, 3:30)

Publisher of notes/sheet music: Schott ED 9668 , Score and voices (available for purchase) , 2003

Instrumentation: Soprano, violin, organ

Solo instruments: Organ, Violin

Text/Lyrics by: Latin bible text

Introduction: A trope according to the motet "Tenebrae factus sunt" by the Dutch master Davide Perez; score at Schott Music ED9668. The 20-minute work, artfully oscillates between the medieval archaic world (Hoketus), opera emotionalism à la Verdi or Gounod and avant-garde sounds and has been performed very often. The violin part especially provides space for an opulent unfolding of sound.

Dedication: In memory of the dead from Temesvar (Romania)

Additional remarks: The work is autobiographically inspired, because I got the news that my father Hansjörg Schneider had died when I had to conduct this motet by David Perez for my final conducting exam in 1972 (Freiburg Music College),

World premiere:  04.01.1990, Munich-Allach, church

Performers at world premiere: Bettina Haubold (soprano), Eckhart Herrmann (violin), Enjott Schneider (organ)

Press reviews for world premiere: Aufführung in Coburg (Coburger Tageszeitung 26.04.1991): This setting of the last words of Jesus Christ on the cross is of noteworthy urgency. There is about one tear motive to which organ and violin about keep wide distances, there one finds a desperation aria in the Italian style and at the end an elegy stands, the desperation and consolation connects with each other.

Records:  Wergo WER 6296-2, title:,  1995

Performers on recording: Renate Düerkop (soprano), Winfried Grabe (violin),
Harald Feller (organ)