Melody Del Real is a student composer and pianist at Cal State San Bernardino, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music and currently taking her studies in music composition under Dr. Allen Menton. She has been writing music since she began playing the piano. She considers her style to be Neo-Romantic, as she takes a fancy to fusing strong melodic elements of commercial music with the formative qualities of classical music. Among her works to have been premiered at CSUSB include Winter Nocturne for solo piano, Submergence for chamber orchestra, Do Not Go for SATB choir, and The Lull in a Dark Sea, also for chamber orchestra.
The RCO performed Melody’s piece, Submergence, at our May 21, 2017 concert. In the piece, the instruments battle against each other frenetically, pulling each other down while clambering for escape and survival. Light solo melodies symbolize heroism and hope amidst the commotion while a bell chimes in the distance, reminding us that there is a world outside the battle. Harmonies gradually become isolated, then heavier, invoking a feeling of being overwhelmed and submerged.
Listen to the recording of the RCO’s performance of Melody’s piece:
Listen to Melody talk about composing in a live recording of the “Ask the Composer” session during the concert: