List of Works
Audio Samples

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book on music, gesture & rhetoric
Traces of a Silent Landscape
Sonata "Muskoka"
Global tapestry - Ananta duo
Sonata "Muskoka" for clarinet & piano (Lake movement). Ananta Duo: "Global Tapestry" (2018). Purchase. Spotify.

Windermere String Quartet: Inner Landscapes
Traces of a Silent Landscape. Windermere String Quartet: "Inner Landscapes" (2016). Purchase. iTunes. Spotify. Naxos Music Library.


Lullaby. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: "A Concert for New York" (2013). 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee for Classical Recording of the Year. Purchase.


A Duck in New York City (arrangements)

Instrumentation: 2122/2221/timp(opt)+2perc/str + voice/speaker
Duration: 30:00
Year Arranged: 2016
Commissioner: Connie Kaldor
Songs & Lyrics: 11 songs from CD A Duck in New York City (2003) by Connie Kaldor

This children's symphonic show includes Yes, I Can!, Robert Rival's original musical telling of the story A Duck in New York City itself.

Audio Samples

Set List

All songs (music & lyrics) by Connie Kaldor except as noted.
1. The Nose Song
2. Quack, Quack, Quack
3. If You Love a Hippopotamus
4. Honey, Honey, Honey
5. The Alligator Waltz
6. Seed in the Ground
7. Laundry Bag
8. I Love Tomatoes
9. A Poodle in Paris

Yes, I Can! by Robert Rival (text Connie Kaldor)

10. A Duck in New York City
11. I Want to Be a Cloud
Closing Credits

Program Notes

A Duck in New York City, by acclaimed singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor, member of the Order of Canada, won the 2004 JUNO for Children's Album of the Year. Soon after Ms. Kaldor included these entertaining and clever songs, beautifully written and produced, as part of a children's book about a prairie duck who realizes his dream of doing his ducky dance on Broadway. Now this endearing story and Ms. Kaldor's catchy songs have found new form in an engaging symphonic show that introduces children to the orchestra by inviting them to sing and dance along. The vivid orchestrations complement the eclecticism of the songs' styles, from jazz and folk to reggae, tango and even hip-hop. Along the way children meet the different sections of the orchestra. Some unsung instruments achieve the spotlight (the tuba as a hippo); a newly-invented (and messy) one imitates a washing machine in the "Laundry Bag". All sound effects are acoustic, produced by the singers or musicians. At the heart of the show is the arranger Robert Rival's Yes, I Can!, an original musical telling of the show's title story.


  • May 1, 2016—Regina Symphony Orchestra, vocals & speaking Connie Kaldor, cond. Alan Denike, Knox Metropolitan United Church (Regina, SK)


Score Perusal & Parts Rental

For score perusal and parts rental information, contact Robert Rival.