Maha Mantras

Concerto for Saxophone (alto and soprano) and Orchestra

Narong Prangcharoen

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Maha Mantras
Concerto for Saxophone (alto and soprano) and Orchestra

Mantras are mystic sounds which produce certain type of energy, depending on the sounds, vibrations, and rhythms of each mantra. The Sanskrit word "mantra"comes from "man" ("mind") and "tra" ("to free"). A mantra is a sound or prayer that frees the mind from the miseries of the material world. Mantras are considered capable of "creating transformation", both physically and mentally. It is believed that mantras are not just normal sounds, but also have the power to heal one?s suffering.

The title "Maha Mantras" does not actually get its meaning from the Sanskrit words. "Maha" means "great" or "big", and I translate the title as "The Greater Mantras". This is because the work derives from another of my compositions, "Mantras" for soprano saxophone and wind ensemble, with the additional use of the alto saxophone. The piece is divided into two sections: the first, in slow tempo, presents meditative sounds; the second, in fast tempo, derives from the "Petition for Rain" ceremony performed in Isaan, the northeast region of Thailand. The main music material of the work is derived from only four notes (G, A, E, and D), with extensive thematic transformation. The use of saxophone is mainly focussed on the combination of its timbre with that of the other instruments, in an aTempt to create a transcendental, vibrating sound for the ensemble.

Music and sounds are not just a medium in which an artist can express himself, but have practical and powerful applications in the real world. The idea of using mantras for healing is really the main inspiration for this piece. If mantras can heal human beings, one can hope to have at least one mantra that will help to heal the earth.

I would like to thank Richard Dirlam, Shyen Lee, Chien--?Kwan Lin, Jean--?Marie Londeix, and John Sampen for their support in creating this work. It was a great pleasure to be able to work on this piece with so many great saxophonists.

Narong Prangcharoen 2013

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Commission Commissioned by the 4th International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition.
Composition Date 2013
Duration 00:17:00
Orchestration Solo A.Sax./S.Sax.; 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3 3(3 dbl. B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Str.

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