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Three magnificent concerti for live instruments and computer are presented.

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.
John Melby, composer
Concerto for Computer and Orchestra
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Joel Eric Suben, conductor

John Melby, composer
Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Computer
Minghuan Xu, violin, Winston Choi, piano, computer

John Melby, composer
Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Computer
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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