Title, Duration, Place, Year, Publisher, Dedicated to, Premiere (performer(s), place, date)

CHILDREN for SATB a cappella, 8', Chatou, 1999, U.M.P., to Mirna Bustani, Vox Nova Ensemble, Dir. Fredrik Malmberg, Al Bustan Festival, American University of Beirut,19.03.00

The poem Children is extracted from the famous opus, The prophet, by the lebanese poet and philosopher Gibran Khalil Gibran (1883—1931). The through-composed music is punctuated by a recall of a key-sentence : "Your children are not your children". The dynamics evolve towards the brilliant and rhythmical coda which put in relief the driving philosophy of the words : "Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness".



Naji Hakim : Children, page 8, excerpt from the autograph manuscript