“To the memory of my Sister” (extrait de la Suite Symphonique)
This work is dedicated to PIRZADI NOORUNISSA INAYAT‐KHAN (Madeleine), eldest daughter of PIR‐O‐MURSHID HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN and PIRANI AMEENA BEGUM INAYAT KHAN.
Madeleine was awarded the George Cross of England and Croix de la Guerre of France, but let us add to these rewards, our homage and our respect, and let us pray that all sufferings will not have been in vain.
May the notes of this music remind the listeners that some souls have offered the sacrifice of their lives so that we may be able to cry aloud: “Vive la liberté du corps, du coeur et de l’esprit……”
La Monotonia is a monotonous repetition of Tonal Elements which are meant to describe human yearnings for communication with “The Divine”. The Heart’s ever expanding wants for intensity in all aspects, in opposition to the Soul’s retrospection in everlasting peace, are the main wordings of the musical attempt, which is a “Cross‐Point” between oriental raga systems and western polyphonic structures.
The opening section represents a pictorial interpretation of prayerfulness, whereas the middle section retraces reminiscences of those episodes which constitute conflicts between ideals and serenity, coming to a climax which breaks out in a Victory call in the hereafter.
The closing section is a reminder of the above mentioned dedication, the words of which are meant to say all the humble gratitude to the everlasting memory of my sister.