A Clear Waterfall

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.

A Clear Waterfall
A Clear Waterfall – Score

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