White peaks…

White peaks…
the snow covers
brown trees

— Ishida Hakyō

Ishida Hakyō (1913-1969) was a Japanese poet and student of Mantarō Kubota. He was the founder and editor of the haiku magazine Tsuru.

White peaks … was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

The score is available at https://bit.ly/WhitePeaks


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Herald Square Station

From Five Subway Haiku by J.K. McCauley
archive.nytimes.com/cityroom.blogs.…r/j-k-mccauley/

The score is available at bit.ly/HeraldSquareStation



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Marbled Dawn

marbled dawn
seems opaque but moving fast
clears its path

– Aju Mukhopadhyay

Aju Mukhopadhyay is a bilingual poet, author and critic who regularly contributes to International Journals and Websites on varied subjects. Besides many poetry and other awards, he has received Albert Camus Centenary Writing Award, Laureate Award in Best Author category (Non-Fiction) and Glory of India Award (Indian Achievers’ Forum).

Marbled Dawn was written for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

The score is available at https://soundcloud.com/glsmyth/marbled-dawn

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The Long Night

the long night
made longer –
a dog barking

– Santōka

A wandering poet and ascetic Zen priest, Santōka was a disciple of Ogiwara Seisensui, one of the first poets to discard the traditional use of the 5-7-5 structure in haiku. Santōka’s poetry emphasizes the necessity of sabi (solitude) in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment and serenity.

This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin and Viola.

The score is available at https://bit.ly/The-Long-Night

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The Whirling Way

The Whirling Dervish is a form of physically active meditation which originated among certain Sufi groups, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order and others. The Whirling Way is an interpretation where the music’s repetitive nature allows for the inclusion of elements that do not exist within the score of the piece, but within the mind of the listener.

The Whirling Way was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Gong, Temple Blocks, Choir, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

The score is available at http://bit.ly/TheWhirlingWay

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Sunset In Snow

sunset in snow
is like a letter read
many times

– Ryuta Iida

Ryuta Iida (1920 – 2007) was the son of the haiku poet Dakotsu Iida. Initially a rice farmer, Ryuta published his first haiku volume, “One hundred noodles”, in 1954.

This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello.

The score is available at bit.ly/SunsetInSnow

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Scattering Ginkgo Leaves

scattering ginkgo leaves
faint sound from the wind
far away

– Kenji Fusei

A student of Takahama Kyoshi, Kenji Fusei was a haiku poet who became known under the pen name Tomiyasu Fusei. He was a member of the Hototogisu Haiku Group and founded the Haiku Association of Tokyo University.

This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.

The score is available at bit.ly/ScatteringGinkgoLeaves

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The Edge Of The World

the edge of the world
– the road vanishes into
a curtain of mist

– Raymond Cobley

Raymond Cobley is an experimental composer and regular participant in our Haiku challenge. Now retired, Raymond aims to explore the possibilities afforded by open-source software, which he uses exclusively for creating and editing both sounds & images.

This piece was written for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.

The score is available at bit.ly/35DXMSn

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White On White

White and white
Heaven and bottom useless
–Winter cloudy

– Yoshida Donguri

Yoshida Donguri is haiku poet who lives in Hokkaido, Japan. Yoshida is a caregiver who loves Buson, Santoka, and sushi.

This piece was written for Alto, Tenor and Bass voices, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.

The score is available at https://bit.ly/3ISceol

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