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Concerto Ballabile

for piano and orchestra

Edwin Carr

Composer:   Edwin Carr

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Concerto Ballabile was commissioned by the NZSO in 2001, to mark the occasion of Edwin Carr’s 75th birthday. The title comes from the Italian word for a dance tune, and in classical ballet a ballabile is a dance for the whole company. This four-movement piano concerto reflects Carr’s ongoing affinity with ballet and other dance forms. The work is shot through with references to music for dancing: ragtime, foxtrots, waltzes, and many others. The pianist Richard Mapp gave the premiere with the NZSO in 2001.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by the NZSO

Performance history

28 Sep 2001: Performed by the NZSO, conductor Matthias Bamert, with Richard Mapp, piano