Hamnasheen – हमनशीं

This song from the serial Kaash, popular in the 90-ies, brings back many memories to singer Rakhi Hegade. Wim re-arranged it into a duet including voice and pipe organ.

Melosthesia - kavita
Kavita Krishnamurthy, original singer of Hamnasheen

“When I was an adolescent, the series Kaash was very popular in India. I adored the song Hamnasheen and had tape-recorded it from TV using a microphone, so that I could sing along it any time.” says Rakhi Hegade, singer of the cover.

“Then one day I lost the tape… I have so many memories attached to this song, it felt like loosing a part of my history…” sighs Rakhi. “A few years ago I searched for the song on the internet, and I knew I wasn’t the only one… Ultimately I decided to make my own version for youtube…”

 Arrangement

The ethereal melody inspired Wim to write an accompaniment with one instrument only, the pipe organ. The organ offers a wide spectrum of sounds and is very suitable for contemplating music. The arrangement is influenced by organ music from the romantic and fin-de-siècle era (end of 19th century). Also counterpoint (independent, juxtaposed melody lines), a feature much used in baroque music (17th-18th century) and perfected by Bach, was applied.

Pipe organ

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750), German composer and organ virtuoso

The pipe organ tradition in Europe is very rich, almost every church posesses one. The pipe organ originated in Europe and is one of the oldest and largest instruments. Though stereotypically known to be used in church services, the organ has a repertoire of thousands of secular organ works, ranging from ancient to ultra-modern, composed throughout the last five centuries. These works are usally played as part of (non-religious) organ concerts, turning the church into a concert hall with fantastic accoustics.

This instrument having orchestral capabilities, it is no surprise that many of the great Western composers mastered the organ, J.S. Bach overshadowing all of them as the unrivaled maestro.

Instrument

The organ parMelosthesia - Marcussen organt was played by Wim using Hauptwerk with the sample set of the magnificent Marcussen-organ in Rotterdam, Holland.

This organ was built in 1973 by a Danish organ builder. It is the largest mechanical organ in Europe and has 85 registers (sound timbres) and 7600 pipes. The longest pipe measures over 10 meter (30 feet), the top of the organ is about 8 floors high.

In this recording … registers were used.

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