Movement 4: To soothe body, heart and soul
The “Message Symphony” (opus 30) composed for a large symphonic orchestra with organ, is dedicated to the message of spiritual liberty. It is structured in five movements.
This work was performed for the first time in 1969 in a radio broadcast by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Henri Arends. The second performance took place in Amsterdam in 2003, in a concert conducted by Jan Stullen.
Hidayat Inayat-Khan's music is a search for a combination of Oriental raga systems and occidental polyphonic structures that follow as much as possible the basic principles of western music analysis while adding the enchanting flavour of oriental raga. His music is a formulation of the emotions: a 'turning of the heart'.
Music of East and West | Hidayat Inayat-Khan
Classical western harmony consists of standard classifications of modulative resolutions, as well as a certain amount of extended correlation between sound intervals, according to determined principles which have been deposited all down the ages as being basic regulations governing most polyphonic constructions.
In the east, music is fundamentally conceived according to various emotions which are determined by melodic formulas called Ragas, and in the light of which specific states of mind are brought to an expression. The ascendant and the descendant range of varied intervals comprised in these numerous Ragas are constant and immutable in each case, whereas these are at the same time extremely varied and are always of a sacred character. The meditative experience revealed through the Ragas is expressed as being the process of the ‘tuning of the heart’.