Composed in 2006 for Clarinet in B b, Horn in F, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Violin, Cello, Double Bass Duration approx. 7 minutes.
“Meta, the Rikatha potteress, has given up the manufacture of pottery. All her pots cracked because, she said, she was the only woman practicing the art. In her former home, everyone made pots and the potteresses strength-ened each other… It was too late for Meta to run to her old home.”
Meta is about processes of change. The piece is in two movements, moving from simple to more complex material. I started with a common tone on all the instruments (E), and then introduced groups of notes that develop into melodic fragments. A rhythmical phrase opens the second movement, with ascending lines of notes derived from the first movement. The two parts show a contrast in states, but use related material.
Sophie Drinker, Music and Women: The story of women in their relation to music, (New York: The Feminist Press at The City University of New York, 1995) p 58.