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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:
II. Modéré, III. Tumultueux, IV. Véhément
VI. Gaiement, VII. Animé, VIII. Ardent
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
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