Richard Meyer’s Mantras is a string orchestra piece that incorporates easy mixed meter, modal scales and driving syncopations to create a level of excitement not often found in grade three music.
The energetic Allegro sections surround a Largo section of intense beauty. This ideal concert, festival, and contest selection appears on many state lists. Give it a look and listen:
Composition Notes by Richard Meyer
This powerful, contemporary piece, is full of shifting meters, driving rhythms and modal harmonies. It’s sure to stand out on your next concert. As the title suggests, the three main sections (fast-slow-fast) are all constructed by the layering of small musical fragments, giving the piece a mysterious and hypnotic effect.