pas de deux

Orchestra & Large Ensemble



Orchestra & Large Ensemble


10 winds & piano (2.2.(2nd dbls EH) 2.(2nd dbls Bscl) 2.(2nd dbls Cbssn),, & pno.)



commissioned by

Tanglewood Music Center

premiered by

Tanglewood Music Center Fellows

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Pas de deux plays with the idea of pairs and two of the same bodies trying to find their footing. Historically, a pas de deux is for a male and female dancer and in four parts. This piece loosely takes influence from the traditional form but supports the idea that the dance can be performed by any solo or duo of instruments or people. In my mind, the piano – who triggers changes in form throughout – gradually takes over the center stage screaming to be heard as a soloist. Its dance embodies Ruth Bader Ginsburg's quote, "I ask no favor for my sex, all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks."