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The traditional ‘Harbyia’ melody is directly quoted in the music at the opening and at the end of the piece. The composer aims to capture the character of the Harbyia dance: a massed celebration with men swaying their staffs and young girls swirling their hair across from one side to the other. Brass instruments were chosen for the piece because they are fitting for the theme of the music—a parade. The music’s rhythmic energy builds to a climax of powerful harmonies but then gives way to a more wistful middle section hinting at 'the scent of musk and perfume being carried on the breeze', mentioned at the beginning of the poem. Imagery derived from nature, is a characteristic of the Nabati tradition of poetry.
The premiere of this piece was given at the Gala opening of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in March 2011.
from notes by Signum Classics © 2020