Leaves In The Street, 1957

Leaves In The Street, 1957 was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0310: From Memory.

When I was much younger I would watch my father rake our leaves out to the street. As he collected the leaves in the back yard I would play in the pile, stomping them down and kicking them.

When all of the leaves had been collected they would be set on fire. This is not something we do these days, but that was how we used to get rid of the leaves.

As the fire moved through the leaf pile they would crack and snap, their black remains becoming lighter than air and rising high into the sky, until the burning was complete and the pile doused with water.

Leaves In The Street, 1957 was written for Anvil, Castanets, Roto-toms, Tambourine, Temple Blocks, Triangle, Whip, Crotales, and solo Violin.

Leaves In The Street, 1957
Leaves In The Street, 1957 – Score

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In Times Of War (condensed)

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 205 – shrapnel.

  shrapnel
  brings from the grove of trees
  a circle of birds

This is a haiku by Georges Sabiron, who lost his life in the trenches of northern France in May 1918.

The designation of (condensed) has been added to the title because I will be expanding this idea into a much larger piece.

It was written for Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Timpani, Vibraphone, Violin and Cello.

In Times Of War (condensed)
In Times Of War (condensed) – Score

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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 204.

  the pear blossoming…
  after the battle this
  ruined house

This is a haiku by Masaoka Shiki, the first to use the word “haiku”.

It was written for Clarinet, Flute, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

This Ruined House
This Ruined House – Score

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The Silent Night Sea

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 202.

  wind blows its way to
  sea. deep in night.
  alone

This is a haiku by Taneda Santōka. I imagined entering a vision of the vastness of the ocean, where the wind moves along gently, aimlessly, touching the waves.

It was written for string quartet.

The Silent Night Sea
The Silent Night Sea – Score

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Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus represents a man with a snake coiled around his waist. The zodiac consists of the twelve constellations through which the sun passes. When the zodiac was first invented the sun did not pass through the constellation Ophiuchus. However, because of the precession of the earth the eclipti now passes through the southern regions of the constellation Ophiuchus in the first half of December.

Ophiuchus is in four parts.

Largo
Ophiuchus was identified by the Greeks as Asclepius, who was the son of Apollo and Coronis. Apollo took his child to Chiron, the wise centaur, who taught him the art of healing. Asclepius found that his healing herbs could raise the dead.

Adagio
While most might think the ability to be a great thing, this was not the case with Hades, who feared the flow of dead souls into his domain would cease, so he complained to his brother Zeus, who killed Asclepius.

Largo
Asclepius lies dead and is mourned by Apollo.

Adagio
To mollify Apollo, Zeus cannot bring Asclepius back to life, but he makes him immortal by setting him among the stars as the constellation Ophiuchus.

The piece was written for Clarinet, Flute, Piano and String Orchestra.

Ophiuchus
Ophiuchus – Score

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I Taste The Mountains

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 201.

  In the calm stillness
  after the rainstorm:
  flies.

This is a haiku by Taneda Santōka. In reading about him I was struck by the following:

  Westerners try to conquer the mountains.
  People of the East contemplate the mountains.
  For us, mountains are not an object of scientific study but a work of art.
  Patiently I taste the mountains.

  September 20, 1930

This and the haiku inspired me to write I Taste The Mountains.

It was written for Clarinet, Contrabassoon, Flute, two Violins, Cello and Wood Blocks

I Taste The Mountains
I Taste The Mountains – Score

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Miles Upon Miles

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 200.

  We’ve explored miles /
  Drive until the light gives out /
  Drive the day away

For me driving starts out as a joy, though a somewhat necessary one, which hobbles it. Nonetheless, the beginning is great but soon turns into a burden.

It was written for String Orchestra, Timpani, Trombone, Vibraphone, Xylophone.

Miles Upon Miles
Miles Upon Miles – Score

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