A Field Guide to ‘Songs and Structures’

by Dacia Clay

Composer Harold Meltzer spoke with Second Inversion soon after his album Songs and Structures was released earlier this year, directly before he was about to leave for a composer’s residency in Italy. Unfortunately, soon after arriving in Italy, Meltzer had a stroke that waylaid his creative endeavors. We’re happy to report that he is currently recovering.

In this audio interview, Meltzer walks through the pieces on Songs and Structures as well as the stories behind them. We look forward to more songs and stories from him in the future.

Music in this interview is from Harold Meltzer’s new album Songs and Structures, out now on Bridge Records. For more information, click here.

Harold Meltzer on Music and Skyscrapers

by Dacia Clay

Composer Harold Meltzer was in Seattle recently for the Pacifica Quartet’s Pacific Northwest premiere of his piece Aqua. He came by the KING FM studios to see his former classmate Sean MacLean and to check out a Northwest Focus LIVE broadcast. When he got close enough, we nabbed him and pulled him into a studio to do an interview with Second Inversion.

Hear about his creative journey and how his anxiety about form resulted in a series of musical works about architecture—plus, hear what he’s been up to since making friends with form.

Harold Meltzer’s new album Variations on a Summer Day and Piano Quartet is out now on Open G Records. The album features performances by the Boston Chamber Music Society. Abigail Fisher joins the ensemble for Variations on a Summer Day with Jayce Ogren conducting. For more information, click here.