This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku288 – A clear waterfall
a clear waterfall
into the ripples
fall green pine needles
Among the four great masters of Japanese haiku, Issa was the most prolific: during his lifetime he wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun.
I remember watching the Steve Allen show when I was a kid. Someone would suggest a few notes to him and he would improvise a piece based on those notes. So I decided to do the same. Without anyone to suggest notes to me, I decided to use the letters of the first line of the poem, translating thus:
ABCDEFGH I K L M NOPQRSTU V W X Y ABCDEFGA#/BbC#/DbD#/EbF#/GbG#/AbABCDEFGA#/BbC#/DbD#/EbF#/GbG#/Ab
This translated to:
a cl ear w aterfal l A CGbEAE GbAGEEFADbDb
The problem was is that by definition this placed things into a minor key, which could not work with the intent of the piece. So I removed the flats, allowing me to work with a major key, which resulted in the theme I used.
a clear waterfall A CGEAE GAGEEFADD
A Clear Waterfall was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.