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Suite française

composer
2012

 
In this suite, which includes twelve short movements, the composer pays tribute to France; a country he has loved since his childhood for its music and its culture which remains dear to his heart, where he founded his family to whom this work is dedicated.

The general organization and the titles of each movement refer to the keyboard music of the French Grand Siècle which inspired the various forms and registrations used by the composer.

The dance is emblematic of French culture in the 16th and 17th centuries, and in this setting the development of instrumental music flourished. The Baroque suite stylises the court ballet and binds in a sequence of contrasting tempos, rhythms and characters.

Naji Hakim uses different sources and draws his thematic material from the repertoire of dances from the Renaissance and early Baroque:

1. Branle coupé “Cassandre” (after Thoinot Arbeau).
2. Branle de Village (after Praetorius).
3. Branle d’Ecosse (after Thoinot Arbeau).
4. Mon amy s’en est allé (after Jacques Mangeant).
5. Fas sit, Christe—Prose of the Sacred Heart, parisian rite.
6. Branle des Chevaux (after Thoinot Arbeau).
7. Branle de Poitou (Gervaise).
8. Branle de Champaigne (Gervaise).
9. Horn, arca legem continents—hymn of Lauds of the Feast of the Sacred Heart. 18th Century popular song.
10. Branle des sabots (after Thoinot Arbeau).
11. Les Bouffons (after Phalèse)—Gregorian chant.
12. Bon voyage Monsieur Mollet’s Marc-Antoine-Madeleine Desaugiers, also used by Tchaikovsky in the Nutcracker (Petit Galop des Enfants).

from notes by Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet © 2016

Recordings

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

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Movement 01: Entrée sur les Grands Jeux
Track 13 on SIGCD463 [0'40] Download only
Movement 02: Flûtes
Track 14 on SIGCD463 [0'46] Download only
Movement 03: Dialogue de Cromorne et de Cornet
Track 15 on SIGCD463 [1'10] Download only
Movement 04: Premier Plein Jeu
Track 16 on SIGCD463 [0'34] Download only
Movement 05: Fonds et Voix Humaine
Track 17 on SIGCD463 [0'53] Download only
Movement 06: Duo
Track 18 on SIGCD463 [0'47] Download only
Movement 07: Nasard
Track 19 on SIGCD463 [1'37] Download only
Movement 08: Basse de Gambe
Track 20 on SIGCD463 [1'21] Download only
Movement 09: Dialogue de Tierce et de Prestant
Track 21 on SIGCD463 [0'50] Download only
Movement 10: Dessus de Trompette
Track 22 on SIGCD463 [0'59] Download only
Movement 11: Clairon en Taille
Track 23 on SIGCD463 [0'54] Download only
Movement 12: Deuxième Plein Jeu
Track 24 on SIGCD463 [0'46] Download only
Movement 13: Final en Rondeau
Track 25 on SIGCD463 [3'54] Download only

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