Digital Edition – Ronn Yedidia: Melodie for solo piano (1989)


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Preface: Ronn Yedidia


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Preface by Ronn Yedidia
I composed Melodie in 1989 as a love song for Fiona, whom I just met at the Juilliard School – and about a year before our marriage in 1990. Melodie is a sweetly lyrical & swirling jazz tune (right hand) carried on a nimble Peruvian waltz-like rhythm (left hand). It is constructed as a symmetrical A-B-A-C-A-B-A palindromic structure – with diversified ornamentation and additional layers of melodic counterpoint in the main A theme.

Ronn Yedidia’s compositions have galvanized the attention of performing artists worldwide during the last two decades. His works have been featured in major concert halls and documented on film, radio and television. He has won high critical acclaim from leading newspapers around the world, as both composer and pianist. Born in 1960 in Tel Aviv, Israel, he began his musical career as a child prodigy pianist, winning 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists’ Competition of Israel at the age of eight. His main teacher and mentor was Israel’s first lady of the piano, Pnina Salzman, who herself was a protege of Alfred Cortot. Active as a performer for many years, Ronn decided at the age of 15 to shift his attention towards composition. In 1984 he entered the Juilliard School from which he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in composition. During his studies there under David Diamond and Milton Babbitt he received all the major prizes in composition, including the Lincoln Center Scholarship, the Irving Berlin Scholarship, the Henry Mancini Prize, and the Richard Rodgers Scholarship. He also won the Juilliard Composition Competition twice – in 1987 & 1989 – and as a result had his works performed at the Juilliard Theater and at Alice Tully Hall.