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Esquisses persanes


The Esquisses persanes (Persian Sketches) were commissioned by my friend Prof. Marc Robert in memory of his wife, Dr. Behnaz Payandeh. They consist of two movements, Niya Yesh (gnosis) and Raqs (Dance), built exclusively on the Persian scale D flat C E F G flat A flat B and its twelve transpositions. The two part melismas of Niya Yesh symbolise the revelation of divine knowledge through self-knowledge. The melodic periods grow according to the principle of variation. Raqs is a joyous rondo toccata with an ornamental episode inspired by the negro spiritual Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.

from notes by Naji Hakim © 2016


Hakim: Hakim plays Hakim
Studio Master: SIGCD463Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: Niya Yesh
Track 11 on SIGCD463 [4'00] Download only
No 2: Raqs
Track 12 on SIGCD463 [6'10] Download only

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