Prélude, Aria et Gigue

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

PRÉLUDE, ARIA ET GIGUE, (other version of the ARIA for viola quartet) 7'30, Chatou, 2012, Schott, to Iveta Apkalna, Iveta Apkalna, Berliner Philharmoniker, 09.12.12


​The Prelude is inspired by a French Carol "O Dieu de Clémence"; The incipit of the Aria is inspired by a Basque song to the Sacred Heart Jesusen bihotza zoin maitea (The so beloved heart of Jesus). The melody is developed very expressively in a song form. The setting exists​ also​ in two ​other ​versions: 1/ for viola quartet and 2/ for cello quartet​ (​). The Gigue is a joyful rondo on a free theme.​ ​



Naji Hakim : Prélude, Aria et Gigue, page 1, excerpt from the autograph manuscript