Iosif Andriasov composed the “Meditation” for Mixed Choir a cappella in 1981. Initially, the “Meditation” was dedicated to Masataka Mori, Mr. Andriasov’s karate instructor in New York City. Later, the composer removed the dedication. The “Meditation” received its premiere with the Armenian Moscow Choir, under the choral conductor Ninell Andriassian, the sister of the composer, in Moscow, USSR. In the late 1990s, Iosif Andriasov made a final revision of the “Meditation” for Mixed Choir a cappella. The score of the final revision of the “Meditation,” Op. 30 was published by IMMA Publishing Co., New York, NY, in 2005.
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.
excerpt from "Essays on the Music of Iosif Andriasov" by Marta Andriasova (Marina Kudryashova)