09: Images of Africa for violin and piano

Images of Africa is an original work referring obliquely and intermittently to an old Zulu melody without ever really quoting it. A stately original theme is followed by a lighter, more dance-like one with repeating rhythmic patterns. An even greater contrast occurs when fragments of the aforementioned Zulu theme are presented at several different speeds simultaneously, a technique drawn from traditional African music. The entire process is repeated in compressed and truncated form to increase tension. A final release occurs in the short, slower and more sonorous codetta.