The Shore Of A River

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku285 – I’m on the shore of a river

     I’m on the shore of a river
     on some rocky path, on a hillside
     my way home

This is a haiku by Jamie Lickfold aka Sevenism. He generated some haiku using Talk to Transformer, a neural network capable of completing texts. “The results were fascinating so I chose one of those poems for this week’s challenge. Sevenism is one of the earliest participants in the Haiku challenge, as well as the first artist to publish a solo album with Naviar.”

The Shore Of A River was written for Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

The Shore Of A River
The Shore Of A River – Score

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Inevitability

Inevitability was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0390: Pace Quickens
     Step 1: For this project you’ll be reworking either a field recording or an old piece of your own music. The slower the better, as far as the original recording is concerned. Reading through these instructions first may aid in your selection process.
     Step 2: Choose a field recording or and old piece of music of your own. (Define “old” as you like. “Preexistence” is the main factor.)
     Step 3: Speed it up considerably (at least by a third, maybe by more).
     Step 4: Add one or two new elements that proceed at the piece’s new pace.

A year and a half ago I wrote Music For Meditation. Doubling the tempo gave the piece a completely different flavor, and the tubular bells more reminded me of fate, which I felt would better be represented by a gong. The piece had originally been written for string quintet (two violas, two cellos and string bass) but I felt that the movement of this piece might better be represented by woodwinds, so I re-orchestrated for seven low instruments.

Inevitability was written for two Alto Flutes, two English Horns, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon and Gong.

Inevitability
Inevitability – Score

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Haiku Music – Volume 6

Haiku Music – Volume 6

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

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

The Crossroads 7:06
Before the crossroads
not a stir across the land
a sunrise moment
Home Is Not A Place 7:56
Home is not a place.
It could be anywhere when
you are truly loved.
Dark Moon 8:54
beyond Pluto
the pull of a planet
dark moon
Rain-Soaked Wind 5:51
rain-soaked wind
the weather-worn notice
peels back more
Night Wind 14:49
night wind
the bush comes alive
with dreamtime stories
The Orchestration Of Wildflowers 7:00
spring breeze
the orchestration
of wildflowers
Transience 10:35
transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go
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The Madder Red Of The Twilight

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku283 – The clear day in the rainy season

     The clear day in the rainy season.
     The madder red of the twilight appeared
     And vanished instantly.

This is a haiku by Takahama Kyoshi. Kyoshi was the editor of the haiku magazine Hototogisu, which promoted a more traditional style of haiku compared to other contemporary schools which were not following the pattern of seventeen syllables at that time. Kyoshi also highlighted the symbolic function of the kigo (the season word), even though the more modern trends were already tending towards season-less haiku. He was active during the Shōwa period of Japan.

The Madder Red Of The Twilight was written for Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.

The Madder Red Of The Twilight
The Madder Red Of The Twilight – Score

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The Sky I See

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku282 – the sky I see

     the sky I see
     seems full of
     magnolia blossoms

This is a haiku by Natsume Soseki. His investigation of a rapidly westernizing Japanese society and its sense of alienation has kept him famous into the 21st century: to this day, he’s considered one of the greatest Japanese writers of all time. Soseki wrote novels (most famously Kokoro in 1914), haiku and children’s fairy tales.

The Sky I See was written for three Flutes, Alto Flute, three Clarinets, and Bass Clarinet.

The Sky I See
The Sky I See – Score

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Everything & More

Everything & More was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0387: Everything and More
     There is only one step to this project:
     Step 1: Make a single piece of music using every single instrument that you have at your disposal.

I write my scores using Sibelius software and play that score through Noteperformer. This means that in addition to just about every instrument you have heard of, I have at my disposal instruments such as the Taiko, Cimbasso, and Bandoneon.

So I decided to make a little change to the project, which was to include every instrument that, at some point in my life, I have learned to play to at least some degree of proficiency, and have performed in public (which would leave out instruments like the tin whistle, which I played but never performed before anyone, as well as reel-to-reel tape recorders, which I used to create electronic music in the mid-70s).

This collection of instruments formed a rather motley group that, frankly, was pretty close to impossible to bring into coordination – sort of like trying to get a group of three year olds to dance together – so the piece Everything & More is similarly on the quirky side.

Everything & More was written for Clarinet, Baritone Horn, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, String Bass and Voice.

Everything & More
Everything & More – Score

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Brave Soldiers Dreams

This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku281 – The summer grasses.

     The summer grasses
     All that remains
     Of brave soldiers dreams

This is a haiku by Matsuo Basho, who moved to Edo (now Tokyo) and joined the local active poetry community. he started writing under the name Basho after he received a basho tree from one of his students. He wrote in a particular form called Haibun, a fusion of haiku and prose: his most famous haibun collection is The Narrow Road to the Interior.

This is an apt poem for Memorial Day. I accompanied the piece with an image I took of trees at Antietam, where on September 17, 1862 over 22,000 soldiers died during the American Civil War.

Brave Soldiers Dreams was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and Sting Bass.

Brave Soldiers Dreams
Brave Soldiers Dreams – Score

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