• Rob Kapilow
  • Paddywak: A Tap Dance Concerto (2007)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • 2(pic).2.2.2./
  • Tapdancer; fl(pic), 2cl, bn, hn, tpt, pf, 2vn, va, vc, db
  • Tap dancer
  • 15 min

Programme Note

Composer Note:

Creating a solo part for a tap dancer rather than a violinist or a pianist has involved a more extensive and different kind of collaboration than I had ever imagined. Discovering the extraordinary variety of ways a tap dancer can combine with instrumentalists rhythmically, texturally, motivically, and even narratively has been a fascinating process. Discovering what my music and Ayodele's tapping can say together that [each] could not say on [its] own has given me wonderful new insights into the fundamental meaning of what 'concerto' — to act 'in concert' — is all about.

— Robert Kapilow

Orchestra Premiere:
6 February 2010
Ayodele Casel, dancer
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Robert Kapilow, conductor
Toronto, ON, Canada

Chamber Premiere:
3 February 2007
Ayodele Casel, dancer
Family Music Chamber Ensemble
Robert Kapilow, conductor
Lincoln Center, New York, NY