Norman Dello Joio – Five Images

In 2005, I had the joy of performing Norman Dello Joio’s Five Images, with a fellow teacher, Victoria Muñiz.  Completed in 1966, Five Images is the second set of four-hand pieces written for his children, and is more demanding than the first, Family Album (1962) and reflects their musical development over a four-year period.  Each movement offers something special to the performer and audience.  The premiere of Five Images took place in the composer’s living room.

I. Cortège
The opening Cortège is reminiscent of an approaching procession of royalty, growing larger and more intense by means of dynamics, rhythm and texture over the course of the piece.

II. Promenade
With a clearly defined melody and more traditional harmonies, Promenade is reminiscent of the Viennese landler of the nineteenth century.

III. Day Dreams
With hypnotic rhythms and unexpected harmonies, Day Dreams is a rocking berceuse.  This piece can also be found in a piano solo version as Lullaby in Dello Joio’s Suite for the Young (1964).

IV. The Ballerina
The Ballerina conjures an image of a tiny ballerina twirling on a music box who suddenly comes to life when no one is looking, dances around the room and then returns to her music box when she hears approaching footsteps.

V. The Dancing Sergeant
More toys come to life in The Dancing Sergeant, whose playful, militant rhythms and harmonies suggest a tin soldier who has mockingly deviated from formation.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. raggray
    Aug 13, 2008 @ 13:48:13

    And I had the joy of attending the live performance. Bravo! I frequently listen to the CD.


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