In 1929, the young Joaquín Rodrigo began to make a name for himself among the French musical elite when his Cinco piezas infantiles was inserted on the program presented on March 28th by the Walter Straram Orchestra at the Theater of the Champs Elysees.
The press reviews underlined the occasion: “(…) On Thursday, between Jacques Ibert's Escales
, whichtook us on a most pleasant trip around the Mediterranean, and Debussy's La Mer
, introduced us to a young Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo, whose namewe should remember. His Cinco piezas infantiles
which were performed todayare charming for their good humour, their great simplicity and preciseobservation. They take an honourable place in the musical literature thatthe best musicians following Schumann have dedicated to study the soul ofchildren, their games, and the awakening of their thoughts, and whichattains a culminating point in Bizet and Moussorgsky.
Totally unpretentious, Mr. Rodrigo's pieces have all the grace and naiveté that the subject requires, however there is a particular circumstance to beconsidered: the composer is blind and for him to write the orchestration he not only was confronted with the obstacles that all musicians must overcome but in addition with those inherent to his vision impairment and which are almost insurmountable, making his accomplishment a true “tour de force”. His orchestration is well executed and pleasant to hear, void of any banality, and is evidence of a mastery that many a sighted person would envy Rodrigo. It has been a long time since we have seen a beginner display such ease and assurance.(…)”
Louis Aubert. Paris-Soir. April, 2, 1929