Vexilla regis prodeunt

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

VEXILLA REGIS PRODEUNT, 10', Bayonne, 1994, Leduc, to Leo Abbott, Leo Abbott, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., 02.07.95


Vexilla Regis Prodeunt is a processional hymn with words and, possibly, the melody usually sung to them by the sixth-century Bishop of Poitiers Venantius Fortunatus; traditionally it has been sung at Vespers in Passiontide, from the Fifth Sunday in Lent to the Thursday before Easter. Naji Hakim describes his work as a symphonic paraphrase on the poem and its melody. The music evolves continuously, but is based on the structure of the poem, and Hakim says that its passionate character serves what he calls the dramatic nature of the text. The music also draws on the hymn, 'Vive Jesus, vive sa croix', which is sung in France on Palm Sunday. 

© Adrian Jack



Naji Hakim : Vexilla Regis prodeunt, page 1, extrait du manuscrit autographe