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Concerto No 4

composer
2007

 
The Concerto No 4 for organ and chamber ensemble was commissioned by Philharmonie Essen. The title ‘Det strømmende og uudslukkelige…’ refers to the Holy Spirit as a streaming and unextinguishable source of eternal Life. The composition follows the structure of the classical concerto in three movements:

1. Strømmende (Streaming): Ritmico
2. Sorrig og glæde (Sorrow and gladness): Andante
3. Uudslukkelig (Unextinguishable): Allegro con fuoco

The opening movement, Strømmende, is based on two themes from Hakim’s other works : Det strømmende… canon for two voices (2005), on a text by Pastor Hanne Margrethe Tougaard and Capriccio for violin and organ (2004). The conclusive verse of Pastor Tougaard’s text Guds Ånd er Liv (Spirit of God is Life) is the point de départ of the whole concerto. The theme of the Capriccio is an appeal to the ‘Beloved’, to the image of God among us. The form combines the principles of variation and sonata, in contrasted textures and moods (energetic, singing, expressive, lively, humoristic).

The second movement, is based on the Danish hymn, Sorrig og glæde, folk melody (c1670) on a text by Thomas Kingo (1681). The music here represents the opposition between life on earth and eternal Life in Heaven. The different variations of this movement (expressive, ornamental, contrapuntal), draw a general ascending evolution, whether tonal or in the tempo.

The concerto reaches its climax in the dancing and joyful conclusive movement, ‘Uudslukkelig’. It is conceived as a plurithematic rondo-sonata based on Danish hymns, most of them in honour of the Holy Spirit. These include: Du, som går ud fra den levende Gud; Gud Helligånd, o kom!; Kom Gud Helligånd, kom brat; I al sin glans nu stråler solen; Se, nu stiger solen. The two themes of the opening movement are recalled in the coda. The conjunction of the organ to a chamber ensemble inspires a diversity in the soloistic parts for most of the instruments.

from notes by Signum Classics © 2012

Recordings

Hakim: Sakskøbing Præludier & other works
SIGCD296Download only

Details

Movement 1: Strømmende 'Streaming': Ritmico
Movement 2: Sorrig og glæde 'Sorrow and gladness': Andante
Movement 3: Uudslukkelig 'Unextinguishable': Allegro con fuoco

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