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This work is inspired by the tragic events that occurred in the Middle East and particularly in Lebanon in summer 2006, and aims to be a testimony of Peace and Joy. It follows the theological and musical line of another work of the composer, Die Taube and echoes Pastor Hanne Margrethe Tougaard’s preface for this same work: Lad Guds melodi klinge i jer og lede jeres fødder ind på fredens vej (Let God’s melody resound in you and guide your feet into the way of peace).

Alaiki’ssalaam (Peace be with you) is a Marian Maronite melody developed here in a set of seven variations. The first variation is a joyful melismatic ornamentation in contrasted modes. Variations two and three proceed by rhythmic ostinato or aksak rhythm (3+3+2) around harmonic frames of the theme; they are linked to a powerful and dark Marcia (Variation four). An expressive harmonisation in the middle of the work (Variation five) is followed by a joyful arpeggio. Variation seven is articulated in three sections progressing from an initial habanera, through a tonal, rhythmic and dynamic gradation, to burst out in the brilliant and cheerful coda.

from notes by Naji Hakim © 2010


Hakim: Hakim plays Hakim
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Track 31 on SIGCD222 [8'51] Download only

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Recording date
7 August 2009
Recording venue
Denmark Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
Recording producer
Lars Christensen
Recording engineer
Lars Christensen
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  1. Hakim: Hakim plays Hakim (SIGCD222)
    Disc 1 Track 31
    Release date: December 2010
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