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Påskeblomst (Daffodil) is a well-known Danish hymn for Easter, written by N F S Grundtvig in 1817. The hymn describes the truth of Christianity and its innermost mystery: Resurrection. The theme of the hymn is whether Resurrection is genuine, and this question is presented as a drama between faith and the doubt that lies in everyone’s heart. Grundtvig compares the turning point from doubt to faith to an intoxication that results from drinking a strong drop from the yellow calyx of the daffodil, when he could hear the cockcrow and the morning song and see the dead rise in an Easter dawn (verse 5).

At the end of the hymn it is maintained:

“Ja, jeg ved, du siger sandt:
Frelseren stod op af døde!
(Yes, I know your words are true:
Christ arose from tomb and grave site!

Good Friday is not the last word about Jesus—nor about us! We hold Good Friday as a guarantee of Easter Sunday morning, and the proclamation of God’s ever active and infinite love for us.

Carl Nielsen composed the melody for “Påskeblomst” in 1910. The melody opens with a characteristic twist right under the keynote that evokes a Gregorian chant from the 11th century, the Easter sequence Victimae paschali laudes. Påskeblomst is a hymn that is firmly rooted in the Danish tradition by Carl Nielsen’s brilliant melody, and has today become one of the most popular hymns sung at Easter celebrations.

Påskeblomst for string quartet by Naji Hakim is developed as variations on Carl Nielsen’s melody. The variations are grouped as follows:

I. Hymne
II. Modéré, III. Tumultueux, IV. Véhément
V. Recueilli
VI. Gaiement, VII. Animé, VIII. Ardent
IX. Orné
X. Dansant

Variations V and IX, more vertical and meditative, give a relief to the form and contrast with the groups (II, III, IV), (VI, VII, VIII), and the very lively conclusion.

from notes by Pastor Hanne Margrethe Tougaard © 2011


Hakim: Set me as a seal upon your heart & other chamber music
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Movement 01: Hymne
Track 1 on SIGCD245 [0'53] Download only
Movement 02: Modéré
Movement 03: Tumultueux
Movement 04: Véhément
Movement 05: Recueilli
Movement 06: Gaiement
Movement 07: Animé
Movement 08: Ardent
Movement 09: Orné
Movement 10: Dansant

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