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The King in Yellow

By Melody Eötvös

Based on the famed collection of short stories published in 1895 by Robert W Chambers, The King in Yellow is a series of vignettes set in various locations including Paris and the imagined future of 1920s America. The macabre and eerie stories share common threads including the fictional character The King in Yellow and his bizarre Yellow Sign. The preservation of life and the turning of living things into stone, The King in Yellow was one of the world's first suspense novels, and Eötvös captures that history in a cerebral and challenging score. 

Melody Eötvös (1984) is a Bloomington IN-based Australian composer whose work draws on both multi-media and traditional instrumental contexts, as well substantial extra-musical references to a broad range of philosophical topics and late 19th Century literature.  She has studied with a variety of composers across the globe, including Gerardo Dirié (Australia), Simon Bainbridge (UK), and, most recently Claude Baker & David Dzubay (USA).  She has also studied electronic music with Jeffrey Hass, John Gibson, and Alicyn Warren.  Melody has been the recipient of various awards including the 3MBS National Composers Award (Australia 2009), an APRA PDA (Australia 2009), and the Soundstream National Composer Award (2012).  She has had her music performed by ensembles/orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, BBC Singers, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian String Quartet, and has participated in several electronic music festivals including SEAMUS 2011 (US), ACMC 2012 (Australia), and ICMC 2011 (New Zealand).  Current projects include an Australia Council Grant to compose a new piano sonata for Bernadette Harvey (Sydney, AUS), a Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commission administered by the League of American Orchestras and the EarShot Foundation, composer resident for the Black House Collective (USA), commissioned composer for the Synergy 40x40 project (Sydney, AUS), Gallipoli Song Competition Winners Recording (AUS & NZ), and will be attending the Aspen Music Festival 2015 as a composer fellow.  Melody holds a Doctor of Music (2014) from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music USA, and a Master of Music (2008) from the Royal Academy of Music, London UK.

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