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Die Taube

author of text
Genesis 8, 11, Luke 1, 79 Genesis 8: 11; Luke 1: 79; John 14: 27

“This piece shows my hope to have our churches not only in peace but also in full communion.” (Naji Hakim)

Die Taube (The Dove) was commissioned by ‘Kirchenmusik bei St. Anna Augsburg’ to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the ‘Augsburger Religionsfrieden’ (Religious peace of Augsburg). It is based on three biblical verses related to peace: Genesis 8, 11, Luke 1, 79 and John 14, 27. The music is through-composed and develops the character of the verses with contrasted string textures, putting in relief the expressive vocal line, a declamation of light and happiness. The work exists in three versions for both tenor or soprano with string quartet, string orchestra or organ. The first performance was given by Robert Sellier, tenor, at the Capella St. Anna streichquartett, St. Anna Augsburg, Festkonzert zum Hohen Friedensfest, 8 August 2005.

Words and music bind people together to form fellowships which guide us into the way of peace. Singing or playing together combines bodies and souls, so that our rhythm and breathing becomes one—a sense of belonging to one another is created which instils the very nature of peace. So it is that by becoming an integral part of the music, our feet are guided ‘into the way of peace’.

In Luke chapter 1, both Maria and Zechariah are carried away, body and soul, in hymns of thanksgiving. They let God’s melody resound in their bodies. Ignatius, one of the Early Fathers of the Church, might have drawn his inspiration from them when he wrote to the Christians of Ephesus around the year 100: “Let God’s melody resound in you.” The melody of our life is a single voice within God’s great melody; an everlasting celestial melody, in which we join together as integral parts—with time, we are gradually shown which chords we are given to touch and which chords to form with one another.

God’s inextinguishable melody has an infinite galaxy of variations. As you would know, a variation is rooted but limitless. At our christening, God gives us a variation—an inextinguishable variation because of his promise, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28, 20).

Deeply rooted as we are, God leads us through. He calls us to Life out of His Eternity, He lets his melody reverberate in us and finally calls us back, when we die, to His everlasting future. Let God’s melody resound in you and guide your feet into the way of peace.

from notes by Pastor Hanne Margrethe Tougaard © 2011


Hakim: Set me as a seal upon your heart & other chamber music
SIGCD245Download only


Track 18 on SIGCD245 [6'42] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD245 track 18

Recording date
1 January 2010
Recording venue
The American Church, Paris, France
Recording producer
Augustin Parsy
Recording engineer
Augustin Parsy
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  1. Hakim: Set me as a seal upon your heart & other chamber music (SIGCD245)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: April 2011
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