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Jonquilles 'Trois Préludes Pascals'

composer
2010

 
Så lær mig da, Herre, at dig til behag
jeg bruger det pund, mig blev givet,
at fylde med hæderligt virke min dag,
at hjælpe og værne om den, som er svag,
at elske, thi deri er livet.
Og giv mig til sidst
et navn, Herre Krist,
som er i din livsbog indskrevet!
So teach me, Lord, to follow your way
in using the pound I was granted
to fill up my day with honest work
to help and protect the weak,
to love, for that is life.
And give me at last
a name, Lord Christ,
inscribed in your book of life!

(C.R. Sundell 1934, K.L. Aastrup 1945
Den Danske Salmebog No 728 vers 4)

Jonquilles (Daffodils) consists of three preludes on Danish hymns for Easter. The meditative opening, Moderato, is based on Jesus lever, graven brast (Jesus is alive, the tomb is broken), text by Johann Nordahl Brun (1786) sung on the well-known German melody Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Beloved Jesus, we are here) by Johann Rudolp Ahle (1664).

The middle movement, Allegro vivace, is a very joyful toccata on the hymn Min Jesus, lad mit hjerte få (My Jesus, let my heart receive), text by Biørn Christian Lund (1764) and N.F.S. Grundtvig (1846). Carl Nielsen composed the melody for this hymn in 1914. This melody inspired the variations of the third movement of his Wind Quintet Op 43 in 1922.

The solemn Maestoso concludes this Easter triptych on Se, nu stiger solen (See, now the sun rises), text by Jakob Knudsen (1891) and melody by Oluf Ring (around 1915). The character of this melody puts in relief the keywords of the hymn: solopgang (sunrise) and opstandelse (resurrection). World premiere performed by Naji Hakim, St Vitus, Visbek, 11 June 2010.

from notes by Naji Hakim © 2012

Recordings

Hakim: Hakim plays Hakim
SIGCD284Download only

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No 1: Moderato
Track 2 on SIGCD284 [1'52] Download only
No 2: Allegro vivace
Track 3 on SIGCD284 [1'14] Download only
No 3: Maestoso
Track 4 on SIGCD284 [1'57] Download only

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