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Harold Meltzer

Harold Meltzer, assistant teaching professor of composition in the Setnor School of Music, has released the CD "Variations on a Summer Day & Piano Quartet" on Open G Records. The disc features superlative performances of a piano quartet that he wrote in 2016 for the Boston Chamber Music Society and a setting of the complete "Variations on a Summer Day"—a 20-stanza poem by Wallace Stevens—for mezzo-soprano and nine instruments. The disc can be purchased on Bandcamp.

As a composer, Meltzer is focused increasingly on making large-scale vocal and dramatic works as well as instrumental works inspired by architectural spaces. His recent commissions have come from the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fromm and Koussevitzky Music Foundations, the McKim Fund at the Library of Congress, Piano Spheres in Los Angeles, the Boston Chamber Music Society and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Meltzer’s awards and honors include nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (2009), the Rome Prize (2005), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), both the Charles Ives Fellowship (2004) and the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2015) and the Barlow Prize (2008), as well as residencies at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2013), Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (2003), Yaddo (2002) and MacDowell Colony (six residencies between 1992 and 2016). He has served on the board and for many years has been chair of the Artists’ Council of NewMusicUSA and is currently on the advisory board of both Composers Now and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.

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