Saturday, October 27, 2012

Satiric Dances

Satiric Dances for a Comedy by Aristophanes by Norman Dello Joio was the first work commissioned by the Concord Band. Originally written for piano, the piece was arranged for band for the commemoration on April 19, 1975, of the Bicentennial of the first military engagements of the American Revolution, in Lexington and Concord, MA. The three-movement work combines comedic and lyrical themes, sometimes edgy and angular, and at other times beautifully song-like. The final movement is an energetic romp punctuated with sixteenth note rhythmic percussion driving the theme as it is passes from section to section. (JRO)

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