Richard Meale (1932-2009) was among the first Australian composers to embrace modernist trends in music. He made a name for himself with a number of works in the 1960s – among them Homage to García Lorca and Very High Kings – and furthered his modernist credentials with works such as Coruscations and Incredible Floridas (both 1971). Non-Western music, notably the music of Japan, also influenced his early works. Towards the end of the 1970s Meale’s music took on a simpler, less confrontational style. Works of this period include Viridian (1979), the Second String Quartet (1980) and the opera Voss (1986). The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s CD Cantilena Pacifica provides an overview of Meale’s music from the 1960s to the 1990s.