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

MEMOR, 11', Bayonne, 1989, U.M.P., In memoriam Louis Brunet, Naji Hakim, King's College Chapel, Cambridge, 30.08.89


Memor continues the spiritual trajectory of Naji Hakim's earlier works: Symphonie en Trois Mouvements, The Embrace of Fire and Fantaisie sur Adeste fideles. This symphonic fresco is dedicated to the memory of Louis Brunet, father of a friend of the composer, and is a testimonial of Christian faith in the eternity of life beyond death. The work starts with an essentially rhythmic section, immediately followed by a heavy funeral march. The liturgy of Easter Vigil is recalled (Lumen Christi and Deo Gratis) and the piece culminates with a lashing toccata, using the Gregorian theme of the Easter vespers (Ego dormivi, et somnum cepi: et exsurrexi, quoniam Dominus suscepit me, alleluia).


World Premiere: Naji Hakim, 30 August 1989, Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, as part of the Cambridge Summer Recitals.



Naji Hakim : Memor for organ, page 1, excerpt from the autograph manuscript