Sinfonia in honore Sancti Ioannis Bautistae

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

SINFONIA IN HONORE SANCTI IOANNIS BAPTISTÆ, 10', Chatou, 1996, U.M.P., à mon fils Jean-Paul, Jennifer Bate, St John the Baptist, New Castleupon Tyne, U.K., 27.06.97


"I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he." (Luke 7, 28)

1: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord..." (Luke 3, 4)

2: "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!" (John 1, 29)

3: "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." (Matthew 3, 11)


The first part of this triptych is a set of variations on the gregorian hymn to Saint John the Baptist, Ut queant laxis. The central movement, Ecce agnus Dei, is based on a basque Agnus and follows a Bar form. The finale, In spiritu et Igni is a joyous fire dance, featuring in its middle section an ethereal contemplation of the Spirit of Love

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Naji Hakim : Sinfonia in honore Sancti Ioannis Baptistae, page 1, excerpt from the autograph manuscript