Melby: Concerti

John Melby (computer), Winston Choi (piano), Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Duo Diorama, Joel Eric Suben

Catalog #: TROY1124
Release Date: July 1, 2009
Format: Digital

John Melby's musical development has followed a circuitous path that might not have been expected to lead to music for digital computer. Trained as an orchestral musician, he spent many years in the trombone section listening. He trained at Princeton in composition after graduating from Curtis. He was intrigued with Babbitt's exploitation of live performance coupled with synthesized accompaniments and before too long, found himself drawn to an electronically-synthesized orchestra. He has written a series of concerti for live instruments and computer, with three of them represented on this recording.


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Title Composer Performer
Concerto for Computer and Orchestra John Melby Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Joel Eric Suben, conductor
Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Computer John Melby Minghuan Xu, violin, Winston Choi, piano, computer
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Computer John Melby Winston Choi, piano, computer


  • "...Melby writes genuine music of serious intent. ...Performances are excellent. A very worthwhile release, not least for its purely musical argument. I hope we will be hearing more of Melby's computer concertos on CD."

    – Fanfare

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