River Melos features the many colors of the low horn and is a true duo for horn and piano. The work takes its inspiration from the beautiful Roaring Fork River in Aspen, Colorado. The river changes size and energy, from powerful white waters into peaceful streams and deep pools, through canyons and into lakes. In River Melos, a melody winds through the smooth and rocky places, like the river, like our lives, eventually finding a spacious resting place.
Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, dance, opera, and multimedia collaborations. Her works are performed widely internationally. She has been praised by the New York Times for her “graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing”, the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “compositional wizardry” and “mastery with large choral and instrumental forces”, the L.A. Times for her “fluid and glistening orchestration” and by Opera News for her “vivid and galvanizing” music of “timeless beauty”. Dr. Clearfield has been awarded fellowships at the American Academy in Rome, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Copland House, among others.