Iosif Andriasov - Meditation for Choir a cappella, Op. 30
FROM THE BOOK: “ESSAYS ON THE MUSIC OF IOSIF ANDRIASOV” WRITTEN BY MARTA ANDRIASOVA (MARINA KUDRYASHOVA)
Iosif Andriasov composed the “Meditation” for Mixed Choir a cappella in 1981.
Iosif Andriasov made several versions of the “Meditation”: “Meditation” for French Horn and String Orchestra, op. 30A; “Meditation” for Cello and String Orchestra, Op. 30B; “Meditation” for Vocal Quartet, Op. 30C; “Meditation” (Musical Sketch) for Trombone and String Orchestra, Op. 30D; “Meditation” (Musical Sketch) for Viola and String Orchestra, Op. 30E.
This concise composition (only forty eight measures) could be considered the musical Credo of the composer, his profound belief in the Infinity of the Spiritual Virtues. Being a genuine altruist, and having an enormous gift as a composer, Mr. Andriasov in an original manner expresses the Beauty of the Spiritual Virtues through the richness of emotions. Iosif Andriasov mentioned that in the “Meditation,” he employed the elements of the African-American culture, namely, spirituals (the pentatonic scale in the first theme of this composition) as a tribute to his stay in America.