Inspired by the Neo-Classicism of composers like Prokofiev and Stravinsky, "Melodrama" blends traditional sonata-allegro form with more contemporary musical idioms. It's a lighthearted piece that conjures images of early melodramatic films with its wild and comic mood swings. The first theme of quiet freneticism is juxtaposed against an operatic, histrionic second theme. Soon, the two are tossed back and forth perilously in the development section, only to dissolve ultimately into a calm, languid horn solo. Premiered in New York City by The Chelsea Symphony, it's a suitable piece for a high school or university orchestra to play and always a good concert opener.