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Avner Dorman

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Mantra (2012),
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
2012
Duration
5 Minutes
Soloist
Soprano[=Mezzo-soprano]
Orchestration
Availability
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Programme Note
Avner Dorman Mantra (2012),
First performance:
December 11 2012
Hassan Anderson, oboe; Eliran Avni, piano; Moran Katz, clarinet; Linor Katz, cello; Mary Mackenzie, soprano; and Michelle Ross, violin.
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

Program Note:

A mantra is a means of meditation, a word or phrase, or even a single sound, repeated over and over again for the purpose of spiritual centering. The repetition of a mantra is said to bring about personal transformation as the words move from a mere outward, mechanical repetition to a true, inward resonation within the speaker. The mantra is believed to elevate the soul, to bring out a higher, deeper level of peace and understanding.

In Avner Dorman’s piece, Mantra, the composer presents the mantra itself through repeated rhythms, a continuous, steady beat driving the piece forward. This beat develops over time, embellished with an increasingly thick texture and more complicated rhythmic context, the thick texture and driving sense of beat symbolic of a mantra’s automatic, almost robotic repetition. Yet the voices slowly fade out as the piece nears its end and even the driving beat, changing gradually, grows less pronounced, representing the transition from harsh reiteration to simple, pure spiritual ascent.

Written specifically for SHUFFLE Concert, Mantra incorporates each instrument of the unique ensemble into the overarching theme of a mantra. The repetitive beat passes among the voices fluidly, from violin to the entire ensemble, to the oboe, to the voice, and so on, changing slightly as it passes through each instrument, indicative of the slow, but steady transformation of a mantra in its speaker.

-Rachel Barber

Performances
Date
Title
  • 11 DEC 2012
    Mantra World Premiere
    Tuesday Matinees Shuffle Concert
    Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY
    Hassan Anderson, oboe; Eliran Avni, piano; Moran Katz, clarinet; Linor Katz, cello; Mary Mackenzie, soprano; and Michelle Ross, violin.
  • 11 DEC 2012
    Mantra World Premiere
    Merkin Hall, New York, NY
    Shuffle Concert
    Hassan Anderson, oboe; Eliran Avni, piano; Moran Katz, clarinet; Linor Katz, cello; Mary Mackenzie, soprano; and Michelle Ross, violin

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