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Melinda Wagner: Proceed, Moon

There is childlike wonder in [“Proceed, Moon”], the vigorous gestures of an imagination without pretense…bumps of surprise, eruptions of extravagance, layers of delicacy, even what one might call celestial crickets. Wagner’s writing is confident…

–Nancy Malitz, Chicago on the Aisle

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Premieres Melinda Wagner’s Proceed, Moon

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Susanna Mälkki, will premiere a substantial new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer MELINDA WAGNER on June 15th, 16th, and 17th. Described as a fantasy for orchestra, Proceed, Moon is an 18-minute work for large orchestra and is the third piece of Wagner’s to be commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her previous commissions with them include Falling Angels (1993) and Extremity of Sky (2002), a piano concerto written for Emanuel Ax. Peruse all three Chicago-commissioned works below.
Extremity of Sky
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Falling Angels
Poem for Orchestra
Proceed, Moon
Fantasy for Orchestra
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