Two Lights

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 238 – Two lights of the village.

  Two lights of the village
  Pining for one another
  Insects chirping

This is a haiku by Takahama Kyoshi, who promoted a more traditional style of haiku, and highlighted the symbolic function of the kigo (the season word).

Two Lights was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Two Lights
Two Lights – Score

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The Eye Of The Dragonfly

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 237 – The distant mountains.

  The distant mountains
  are reflected in the eye
  of the dragonfly

This is a haiku by Kobayashi Issa, a Japanese poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū sect known for his haiku poems and journals

The Eye Of The Dragonfly was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Marimba, Viola and Cello.

The Eye Of The Dragonfly
The Eye Of The Dragonfly – Score

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Evening Cloudburst

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 236 – An evening cloudburst.

  An evening cloudburst
  sparrows cling desperately
  to trembling bushes

This is a haiku by Yosa Buson, Japanese painter and one of the greatest poets of the Edo Period.

Evening Cloudburst was written for Trombone, Bass Trombone, Timpani, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Tom-toms, Vibraphone, Violins, Viola, Cello, String Bass.

Evening Cloudburst
Evening Cloudburst – Score

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Splendid Affinity

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 235 – Splendid Affinity.

  Splendid affinity
  sun’s great halo
  green leaves

This is a haiku by Zen Buddhist master and poet Soen Nakagawa, who visited the United States more than a dozen times. Unorthodox and eccentric, he’d fill the sleeves of his robes with nuts and berries from Central Park or herbs growing in the sidewalk cracks, and add them to his bowl at the next meal. He seems like the sort of person I would have liked to have known, and hopefully, wherever he is, he will see the Buddha in this trinket.

Splendid Affinity was written for Flute, Clarinet, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone and Violin.

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Rude Mechanicals

Rude Mechanicals was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0339: Rude Mechanicals.

  Step 1: Imagine there is a genre called “rude mechanicals.”
  Step 2: Imagine what might characterize the “rude mechanicals” genre.
  Step 3: Create an original piece of music in the genre called “rude mechanicals.”

Thinking about this, I envisioned a group of misfits, probably devotees of Harry Partch’s music, taking over an abandoned factory and making musical instruments from the machines that inhabited the space. They occasionally get together to engage in organized chaos.

Rude Mechanicals was written for Timpani, Drum Set, Anvil, Bass Drum, Maracas, Gong, Tambourine, Tom-toms, Triangle, Whistle, Whip, Tubular Bells, Cello and two String Bases.

Rude Mechanicals
Rude Mechanicals – Score

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The Voice Of The Pines

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 234 – when the cicadas cease.

when the cicadas cease
what coolness!
the voice of the pines

This is a haiku by Baijaku, as translated by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, a writer, translator, and journalist of the late 19th century.

The Voice Of The Pines was written for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello.

The Voice Of The Pines
The Voice Of The Pines – Score

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Reason Redundant

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 233 – A lucid mirage.

  A lucid mirage
  Faint elusive memories
  Reason redundant.

This is a haiku by Hannah Williams, a young poet, writer and blogger based in London.

Much of Hannah Williams’s poetry is very open to interpretation, and this is no exception. I was especially curious about the last two words, so I took from Ray Billington, “Emotion, left to itself, will declare reason redundant” and used it as a partial idea in this piece.

Reason Redundant was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone and solo Viola.

Reason Redundant
Reason Redundant – Score

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