It is a latin word with four rather different and yet closely related meanings: thanks, grace, favour, charm.
Gratitude is something we are used to come up with after we have received. But it is old wisdom to turn the order: Feel rich, and you see that you actually are rich. Find something to give thanks for, and you experience that you really have something to be thankful for ("He who has shall receive…"). In gratitude for the ideas every tone comes as a gift. In giving thanks for time, moment is transformed into grace. In the creation of what you love you discover yourself loved. In gratitude for life, even life itself is filled with a certain charm…
At least to me they are sisters, these words of signification. And in the work with "gratia" they have got a finger on my pencil and rubber, all four of them…
The work was commissioned by Willy Postma and first performed with her as a soloist at the Sixth World Harp Congress in Tacoma, USA, 1996.
Magnar Åm 19.8.99