the long night
made longer –
a dog barking
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