One Push Of The Door

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku310 – One push of the door, a single step

     One push of the door, a single step
     And the corridor seems to stretch
     As far as the eye can see.

The haiku is by Takuboku Ishikawa, best remembered for his emphatic and introspective tanka: his poems were accepted by the one of the most important tanka journals of the early 20th century, “Myojo”, when he was only 16. Takuboku Ishikawa’s two major collections of tanka, “Ichiaku no Suna” (“A Handful of Sand”) and “Kanashiki Gangu” (“Sad Toys”), came out in 1910 and 1912. “Sad Toys” was published posthumously in June 1912, two months after he died of tubercolosis at the age of 26.

One Push Of The Door was written for three Flutes, three Clarinets and Vibraphone.

One Push Of The Door
One Push Of The Door – Score

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Haiku Music – Volume 7

Haiku Music – Volume 7

My seventh haiku album – nine musical interpretations inspired by nine haiku.

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

Summer Nightfall 4:15
summer nightfall
the sky slowly regains
its colours
Summer Sleep 9:31
waking from summer sleep–
moon gazing
on the levee
Awakened From Sleep 6:00
beyond Pluto
the pull of a planet
dark moon
Evening Haze 8:34
awakened from sleep
surprised by the darkness–
late autumn
Polarized Sky 6:20
polarized sky
the mixed melodies
of twilight birds
The Sky I See 6:30
the sky I see
seems full of
magnolia blossoms
The Madder Red Of The Twilight 7:10
The clear day in the rainy season.
The madder red of the twilight appeared
And vanished instantly.
Night Ends In Hills 8:25
night ends in hills
before clocks strike four –
cloud covered sun hides
Ripples Reflecting The Light Of Dawn 7:25
Ripples on water
reflecting the light of dawn
the breaking of day
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Bitter Winter Wind

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku309 – bitter winter wind

     bitter winter wind
     ends there —
     sound of the sea

The haiku is by Ikenishi Gonsui (1650–1722), a haiku poet from Nara who settled permanently in Kyoto in 1684. A collection of his works, entitled Ikenishi Gonsui no kenkyū, was published in 2003.

Bitter Winter Wind was written for Altos, Tenors, Basses, Organ, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Bitter Winter Wind http://bit.ly/2Ypp0ED
Bitter Winter Wind – Score http://bit.ly/33TmCaz

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Innumerable Stars

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku307 – Innumerable stars

     Innumerable stars
     Looks like floated algae
     In my mind

The haiku is by Dakotsu Iida, a Japanese haiku poet from what is now part of the city of Fuefuki, Yamanashi, Japan. Commonly referred to as Dakotsu, he trained under Kyoshi Takahama, and was a frequent contributor to such haiku journals as Hototogisu and Unmo.

Innumerable Stars was written for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, two bowed Vibraphones, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Innumerable Stars
Innumerable Stars – Score

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Connection String

Connection String was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0412: One Chord Wonder
     Step 1: Choose a chord, any chord.
     Step 2: Make a list of the notes that the chord is comprised of.
     Step 3: Record a piece of music in which each of the notes in the chord are played by different instruments (more broadly: different sound sources).
     Step 4: As the piece proceeds, change each of the instruments/sources, while never altering the notes that make up the chord..

Connection String was written to reflect my annoyance with errors in the connection strings within my coding. When I was writing, for some reason I always seemed to have a problem with the connection string. This piece follows the inner workings of a connection string trying to reach the data source and make sense of what is supposed to happen. I used a Cmaj13 chord as the basis of this piece.

Connection String was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, two Solo Violins, Solo Viola, Solo Cello, Solo String Bass.

Connection String
Connection String – Score

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The Light Snow

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku306 – The light snow

     The light snow.
     The ice without any trace
     On the lake.

The haiku is by Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937), an important advocate of the free verse haiku. Besides being a writer and critic of haiku, Hekigoto was a literary scholar, noh dancer, art critic, calligrapher, social commentator, and mountain climber.

The Light Snow was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Crotales, Cymbals, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

The Light Snow
The Light Snow – Score

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A Gift

A Gift is written for my parents. In 1971 the writing of my music progressed (or some might say “regressed”) from writing songs on the guitar to writing serial music. I remember sitting at the piano and my mother pleading with me to write “something nice.” A Gift is for them, who tolerated me through those years. If my father could hear this I can imagine him saying, “At least it doesn’t sound like they’re simply tuning their instruments.”

A Gift was written for three Flutes and Alto Flute.

A Gift
A Gift – Score

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