In The Beach Breeze

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku318 – in the beach breeze

     in the beach breeze
     my travels forgotten…
     evening cool

This haiku is by Kobayashi Issa, who wrote over twenty thousand poems written in his lifetime

In The Beach Breeze was written for Bass Drum, Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp and Celesta.

In The Beach Breeze
In The Beach Breeze – Score

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Breathe

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku317 – not heard my breath.

   not heard my breath
   in years.
   breathe

This haiku is by Jamie Lickfold aka sevenism. His album Saline Celestial was Naviar’s first solo publication. “I’m a self taught musician and sound mangler blurring the boundaries between analog and digital, acoustic and electronic, generative and human. I work in the present moment letting the music flow wherever it wants. My aim is to make music that is strange and experimental yet resonates on a deeper level.”

Breathe was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, and Cello.

Breathe
Breathe – Score

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For Baby Peggy

For Baby Peggy was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0421: Marquee Ghosts
     The Assignment: What sounds haunt a discarded movie theater in the middle of the night?

I made the decision to slightly alter the assignment for this week. As an avid lover of silent films I have spent the past decade traveling to upstate New York on a yearly basis to attend a film festival of silent movies and obscure films from the 1930s. The assignment of discarded movie theaters in the middle of the night got me thinking about the silent movies I so love, made at a time when the new media was figuring itself out.

We are at a time now when there are only three people living today who were actually in a silent movie during that era – Mildred Kornman, Billy Watson, and Peggy-Jean Montgomery, better known as Baby Peggy. At the time she was as famous as Jackie Coogan, and having been in nearly 150 shorts was considered a precursor to Shirley Temple. In 2016, at the age of 98, she was inducted into the Classic Film Hall of Fame.

So this piece was written with her in mind, with the thoughts of the music that accompanied the films in those theaters that might still be ringing for those who can hear it.

For Baby Peggy was written for two Vibraphones, Violin and Viola.

For Baby Peggy
For Baby Peggy – Score

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Haiku Music – Volume 8

Haiku Music – Volume 8

My eighth self-published haiku music album – nine musical interpretations inspired by nine haiku.

Listen free and/or support the artist. The links below display the scores.

A Clear Waterfall 4:36
a clear waterfall
into the ripples
fall green pine needles
.. Issa
Wind Turbines Harvest Silver Fog 8:52
spring dawn
wind turbines harvest
silver fog
.. Michael Baeyens
Brave Soldiers Dream 9:35
The summer grasses
All that remains
Of brave soldiers dreams
.. Matsuo Basho
The Beach Waves Break Up The Plovers 7:41
Each time they roll in
the beach waves break up
the plovers
.. Shiba Sonome
The Shore Of A River 7:13
I’m on the shore of a river
on some rocky path, on a hillside
my way home
.. Jamie Lickfold
When I Gazed Down The Ocean 8:59
When I gazed down the ocean,
I could see with amazement
The countless lights that shone
.. Marco Sebastiano Alessi & Talk to Transformer
Between Houses 11:38
coolness—
a mountain stream splashes out
between houses
.. Masaoka Shiki
Night Train 5:26
night train
the briefly lit lives
of others
.. Mark Gilfillan
Town On The Horizon – for Elijah 15:49
bursts from our guns
the town on the horizon
a brief vision of light
.. Julien Vocance
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Lizard’s Last Words

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku315 – ambushed by bush fire

     ambushed by bush fire,
     had we only been dragons –
     a lizard’s last words.

This haiku is by Mark Morris, a journalist with more than a decade of experience writing for major broadcasters and national publications in the UK. He runs the Twitter account Pure Land Haiku, which has a simple goal best explained in the form of its strap-line: haiku to help you relax. In addition to above, Mark also produces music under the pseudonym Pure Land Haiku Music and Journoiz.

Lizard’s Last Words was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Gong, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Lizard’s Last Words
Lizard’s Last Words – Score

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Buoyantly We Go

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku314 – Buoyantly We Go

   Buoyantly we go
   Like the wind,
   Tasting water.

This haiku is by Taneda Santoka, a Japanese poet and mendicant Zen priest who specialised in free verse haiku. Santoka was a disciple of Ogiwara Seisensui (1884-1976), the founder of the free-style haiku which discarded the traditional use of the 5-7-5 structure.

Buoyantly We Go was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Buoyantly We Go
Buoyantly We Go – Score

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Little Dragonfly Hunter

Little Dragonfly Hunter was inspired by the haiku:

my little dragonfly hunter
I wonder how far
he has gone today…

The haiku is by Chiyo-ni, who was born in 1703 and was writing about the death of her son.

I wrote the piece to be included in the album “A Last Sunset, A Celebration of Candy Lozier”. Candy was an ambient composer and founder of the Studio 4632 netlabel, which released an album of my music in 2018. A second album was scheduled to be released but she passed away before that could happen.

Little Dragonfly Hunter was written for string quartet.

Little Dragonfly Hunter
Little Dragonfly Hunter – Score

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