Haiku Music – Volume 9

Haiku Music – Volume 9

My ninth self-published haiku music album – ten musical interpretations inspired by ten haiku.

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

Always The First To Bloom 8:44
four, five, nine years
always the first to bloom…
cherry tree
… Kobayashi Issa
Autumn Wind 7:06
Whenever I speak
My lips are
chilled— Autumn wind.
… Basho
Reflections 7:57
reflection
in the water
a traveler
… Santōka
Walking The Sky 7:16
Walking the sky
a clear moon
all alone
… Ogiwara Seisensui
The Light Snow 6:50
The light snow.
The ice without any trace
On the lake.
… Kawahigashi Hekigoto
Innumerable Stars 8:32
Innumerable stars
Looks like floated algae
In my mind
… Dakotsu Iida
Bitter Winter Wind 8:37
bitter winter wind
ends there —
sound of the sea
… Ikenishi Gonsui
One Push Of The Door 8:53
One push of the door, a single step
And the corridor seems to stretch
As far as the eye can see.
… Takuboku Ishikawa
Beyond the Smoke Is Light 9:26
Life here was marvelous
But we are slaughtering the world
Watch the forests burn
… Marco Sebastiano Alessi
Little Dragonfly Hunter 8:45
my little dragonfly hunter
I wonder how far
he has gone today…
… Chiyo-ni
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Through the City

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku327 – meandering through the city

     meandering through the city
     cars around
     infinite game

This haiku is by Bartosz Leszczyński, a musician and regular participant in the Haiku challenge as Oxebe.

Through the City was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn.

Through the City – Score

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Unknowable Blue

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku325 – true tranquillity

     true tranquillity
     hiding underneath creased sheets –
     unknowable blue

This haiku is by Mark Morris, a journalist with more than a decade of experience writing for major broadcasters and national publications in the UK. He runs the Twitter account Pure Land Haiku, which has a simple goal best explained in the form of its strap-line: haiku to help you relax. In addition to above, Mark also produces music under the pseudonym Pure Land Haiku Music and Journoiz.

Unknowable Blue was written for Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

Unknowable Blue – Score

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The Emptiness of My Mosquito Net

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku324 – sleeping, waking

     sleeping, waking
     the emptiness
     of my mosquito net

This haiku is by Chiyo-ni. Born in the Ishikawa Prefecture in 1703, she began writing haiku poetry when she was 6, and her ability was soon recognized even though haiku by women were often dismissed and ignored at that time. Chiyo-ni was strongly influenced by Basho’s poetry (probably because her teachers were his students), but developed her own unique style.

The Emptiness of My Mosquito Net was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello.

The Emptiness of My Mosquito Net – Score

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Traveling Monk

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku322 – Traveling Monk

     the sun set behind
     a traveling monk
     tall in the withered field

This haiku is by Masaoka Shiki, considered by many the first poet of modern haiku. He advocated realistic observation by “sketching” (shasei) poems and going out into nature with notebooks, thus abandoning the traditional subjects of haiku of the time. Shiki died of tuberculosis in 1902, at the age of 34.

Traveling Monk was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Anvil and Vibraphone.

Traveling Monk – Score

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Music for Airplanes

Music for Airplanes was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0427: Music 4 Airplanes
     Step 1: Airplanes are noisy places, especially when at 35,000 feet. Consider the noise, especially the dense white noise, experienced by an airline passenger.
     Step 2: Record a short piece of music that is intended to blend in with the industrial drone of modern air flight.

I’ll be on a plane in just a few weeks. In thinking about this I decided to put together a somewhat dronish piece that could be listened to in a loop. I thought about the change between activity and the lack of it and wanted that reflected.

Music for Airplanes was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Cymbals, Gong, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass and electronics.

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The Last Kite

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku320 – the last kite

     the last kite
     carries the setting sun
     in its wings

This haiku is by Aju Mukhopadhyay, an award winning poet, author and critic. His works have been widely anthologized and translated, recently winning the Best Author (non fiction) award at the Literoma Laureate Award.

The Last Kite was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello.

The Last Kite – Score

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In The Beach Breeze

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku318 – in the beach breeze

     in the beach breeze
     my travels forgotten…
     evening cool

This haiku is by Kobayashi Issa, who wrote over twenty thousand poems written in his lifetime

In The Beach Breeze was written for Bass Drum, Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp and Celesta.

In The Beach Breeze – Score

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Breathe

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku317 – not heard my breath.

   not heard my breath
   in years.
   breathe

This haiku is by Jamie Lickfold aka sevenism. His album Saline Celestial was Naviar’s first solo publication. “I’m a self taught musician and sound mangler blurring the boundaries between analog and digital, acoustic and electronic, generative and human. I work in the present moment letting the music flow wherever it wants. My aim is to make music that is strange and experimental yet resonates on a deeper level.”

Breathe was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, and Cello.

Breathe – Score

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