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I love the colourful world


Kamp må der til, skal livet gro,
ej kamp blot for dagligt brød,
men kamp for frihed i liv og tro—
thi evig stilstand er død!
Fight is necessary if life shall grow,
not fight but for daily bread,
but fight for freedom in life and faith—
for eternal standstill is death!
Hans Vilhelm Kaalund (1818-1885)

I love the colourful world is my response to a commission from the organ-builder, Hans-Georg Vleugels, who asked for a piece featuring ‘a musical journey from Beirut, through Istanbul and Paris, and finally into Hardheim!’. While considering this idea with great interest—an idea which recalled my own history being Lebanese by birth, living in Paris and travelling all over the world—I was introduced by my friend, Pastor Hanne Margrethe Tougaard, to the Danish folk song entitled Jeg elsker den brogede verden (Text: Hans Vilhelm Kaalund, 1877; Melody: Thorvald Aagaard, 1922; ‘Ich liebe die farbenreiche Welt’, ‘I love the colourful world’). Both the melody of this song and its text became my source of inspiration for the composition. It consists of two movements: a Praeludium developing a free ornamentation of the melody in a poetic and expressive mood on the flutes and voix céleste, and a rhythmical, powerful and joyful Tanz-Toccata. Besides the fact that this work pays tribute to the colourful organ cases and sounds of Vleugel’s organs, it philosophically punctuates the evolution of my music; rooted in my faith, dedicated to the Glory of God and the Joy of mankind, and inspired by several cultural, religious and ethnic sources.

from notes by Naji Hakim © 2010


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Movement 1: Praeludium
Track 2 on SIGCD222 [4'06] Download only
Movement 2: Tanz-Toccata
Track 3 on SIGCD222 [4'02] Download only

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