Tag Archives: Melinda Wagner

Proceed, Moon

Fantasy for Orchestra
Duration: 18′
Orchestration: 3(3rd dbl. Picc.) 3(3rd dbl. E.H.) 3(B.Cl) 3(C.Bsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 4Perc. Hp. Pno. Cel. Str.
Commission: Commissioned by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association; Ricardo Mutti, Zell Music Director
Premiere: June 15, 16, and 17, 2017. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Chicago Symphony Center, Chicago, IL.

Three Composers Awarded 2016 Fromm Commissions

Congratulations to JAMES MATHESON, MELINDA WAGNER, and JAMES PRIMOSCH! All three composers were recently awarded 2016 Fromm Music Foundation commissions. As the foundation’s website notes, “These commissions represent one of the principal ways that the Fromm Music Foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning award, a subsidy is available for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work.”

Melinda Wagner: Extremity of Sky

…wonderfully legible to anyone sensitive to the ebb and flow of traditional music: repeated figures, fixations on certain pitches, and an inventive development of ideas. Emotionally, its four movements shadowed a symphony, with a second movement whose spare, nocturnal sounds made time stand still.

–Peter Dobrin, Philly.com

Melinda Wagner: Four Settings
for Soprano and Ensemble

Wagner deftly integrated the human voice with a chamber orchestra in “Four Settings”. …the voice was less a complement to the music and more an equal and deeply organic part of it. The music had an ethereal air to it and an effortless flow.

–Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee Final