01: AFRICAN IMAGES FOR VIOLIN AND STRING ORCHESTRA — Robert Rollin

African Images is an original work which hints obliquely at an old Zulu melody without ever really quoting it. A stately original theme is followed by a lighter, more dance-like one with repetitive rhythmic patterns. Even greater contrasts occur when fragments of the quasi Zulu theme are presented simultaneously at several different speeds, a technique drawn from traditional African music. The entire process is repeated in a compressed and truncated form to increase tension. The final resolution occurs in the short, slower and more sonorous codetta.

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