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Mar 14, 2022 George L Smyth
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marbled dawn seems opaque but moving fast clears its path - Aju Mukhopadhyay  Aju Mukhopadhyay is a bilingual poet, author and critic who regularly contributes to International Journals and Websites on varied subjects. Besides many poetry and other awards, he has received Albert Camus Centenary Writing Award, Laureate Award in Best Author category (Non-Fiction) and Glory of India Award (Indian Achievers’ Forum). Marbled Dawn was written for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola,...
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Mar 5, 2022 George L Smyth
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the long night made longer – a dog barking - Santōka  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.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Racket In My Head
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Feb 24, 2022 George L Smyth
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The Whirling Dervish is a form of physically active meditation which originated among certain Sufi groups, and which is still practiced by the Sufi Dervishes of the Mevlevi order and others.  The Whirling Way is an interpretation where the music's repetitive nature allows for the inclusion of elements that do not exist within the score of the piece, but within the mind of the listener. The Whirling Way was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Gong, Temple Blocks, Choir, Violin, Viola,...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Gong, Temple Blocks, Choir, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Feb 21, 2022 George L Smyth
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sunset in snow is like a letter read many times - Ryuta Iida Ryuta Iida (1920 – 2007) was the son of the haiku poet Dakotsu Iida. Initially a rice farmer, Ryuta published his first haiku volume, “One hundred noodles”, in 1954. This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Racket In My Head
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Feb 14, 2022 George L Smyth
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scattering ginkgo leaves faint sound from the wind far away - Kenji Fusei A student of Takahama Kyoshi, Kenji Fusei was a haiku poet who became known under the pen name Tomiyasu Fusei. He was a member of the Hototogisu Haiku Group and founded the Haiku Association of Tokyo University. This piece was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Racket In My Head
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Feb 4, 2022 George L Smyth
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the edge of the world – the road vanishes into a curtain of mist - Raymond Cobley Raymond Cobley is an experimental composer and regular participant in our Haiku challenge. Now retired, Raymond aims to explore the possibilities afforded by open-source software, which he uses exclusively for creating and editing both sounds & images.  This piece was written for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
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Jan 29, 2022 George L Smyth
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White and white Heaven and bottom useless –Winter cloudy - Yoshida Donguri Yoshida Donguri is haiku poet who lives in Hokkaido, Japan. Yoshida is a caregiver who loves Buson, Santoka, and sushi. This piece was written for Alto, Tenor and Bass voices, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Alto, Tenor, Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
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Jan 20, 2022 George L Smyth
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adorned with raindrops from the shower, a sparkling princess Azealia - Den Sutejo A contemporary of Basho, Den Sutejo was the eldest daughter of a distinguished samurai family living in the mountainous area northwest of Kyoto. After her husband’s death, she became a nun and spent the final years of her life as a Zen devotee. Adorned With Raindrops was written for Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
Topics: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
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Jan 13, 2022 George L Smyth
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this feeling of loneliness – he plays with his building blocks as the snow heaps up Kubota Mantarō Kubota Mantarō (1889 – 1963) was a Japanese author, playwright and Japanese poet. Although he was more interested in novels and plays, Kubota published several haiku collections and for a while was editor of the haiku magazine  Shunto . Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
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Oct 25, 2021 George L Smyth
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This piece was created as a response to Pat Boran’s haiku sequence (or rensaku), which explores the flora and fauna of Dublin Bay’s (North) Bull Island. Boran’s rhyming haiku observe the interplay of bird, human and plant life on the island, and celebrate the delicate balance of a biosphere on the very doorstep of Ireland’s capital city. An extract of the haiku can be found at https://www.naviarrecords.com/2021/10/14/poetry-in-sounds-bull-island-haiku/ Waves Themselves was written for...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass.
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Sep 3, 2021 George L Smyth
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Tewanima was a silver medalist in the 1912 Olympic games.  His 10,000 meter run set an American record in that distance that stood for over 50 years.  However, as a Hopi Indian, he experienced true Koyaanisqatsi. In 1906 he was forcibly separated from his parents and community, handcuffed and marched 20 miles to Keams Canyon, where he and other Hopi youths were shackled and made to build a road.  Soldiers then marched them another 110 miles where they boarded a train to Pennsylvania, 2,000...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Tewanima
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Oct 31, 2020 George L Smyth
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I decided to write the haiku for this one. Night's edge comes early, leaves crunching under my feet, suddenly winter. Happy Halloween! Night's Edge was written for Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombine, Bass Drum, Gong, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombine, Bass Drum, Gong, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola,...
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Oct 14, 2020 George L Smyth
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Marco Lucchi has offered a number of piano patterns to remix.  I wrote " A Book Of Disquiet " in response to the first of the patterns. I decided to work on a second pattern, selecting piano patterns #5 .  I decided that the "remix" in this case should be a set of variations. My approach was to break his piece into numerous sections, then write a set of variations that each had some basis of origin relating to the section.  I asked him to provide me with a set of...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Chorus, Triangle, Bowed Vibraphone,...
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Oct 11, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku353 – Coffee Break   coffee break   a crumb   for the sparrow This haiku is by Bill Kenney, who writing haiku in December 2004, a month before his seventy-second birthday. His haiku and senryu have appeared in leading haiku journals and anthologies. He is the author of two books of haiku/senryu: “the earth pushes back” (2016) and “senior admission” (2018), both published by Red Moon Press. Coffee Break was written for Flute,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass, Naviarhaiku353, Racket In My...
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Sep 25, 2020 George L Smyth
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A Book Of Disquiet was written in response to Marco Lucchi's piano patterns no 1    Let us absurdify life from east to west.     - Fernando Pessoa from The Book Of Disquiet Marco Lucchi offered a set of piano patterns and allowed anyone to remix the piece.  I saw these patterns as being organized into seven sections and decided to address each one individually, so these have been used, abused, stretched, repeated, and otherwise altered.  I extracted meaning from each and offer...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Gong, Temple Blocks, Cymbals, Violin,...
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Sep 11, 2020 George L Smyth
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Come To Me was inspired by the poem by yaskhan of the same name - yassy66.wordpress.com/2020/08/22/come-to-me/ It is dedicated to my dear wife, Kathy, who is one of the few capable of putting up with me over a long period of time. Come To Me Come to me in the wild blue yonder Come to me in the azure twilight Come to me when the stars are bright Come to me with passions thunder. Come to me on wings of cupid's dove Come to me under a teal canopy Come to me in a symphonic fantasy Come to me with...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello String Bass, Racket In My Head, yaskhan, yassy
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Aug 21, 2020 George L Smyth
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All Creatures Have A Name was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0451: Ursula’s Silences      Step 1: In the classic fantasy novel A Wizard of Earthsea, its author, Ursula K. Le Guin, writes the following: “For a word to be spoken, there must be silence. Before, and after.” While the words are her own, of course, they are spoken not by the narrator, but by the book’s main character. The statement occurs toward the end of the book. For emphasis, Le Guin informs the reader...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0451, Racket In My Head
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Aug 3, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku343 – Persistently I stare   Persistently I stare   At the moon   Still I cannot hear This haiku is by Sugiyama Sanpu (1647-1732), who suffered from severe hearing problems for his whole life.  Sanpu was a patron of Basho, helping him establish his school of haiku. Persistently I Stare was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Cello and String Bass.
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Jul 31, 2020 George L Smyth
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Seemless Transmissions was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0448: Seamless Bridge      Step 1: Select any two tracks from the 20×20 Bandcamp page, either by ear or at random. Each track should be by a different artist in the 20×20 series. One track selected will open the piece and one will close the piece. This is where to find the tracks. They’re downloadable for free.   https://20x20project.bandcamp.com/   Step 2: Consider which of the two tracks you’ve selected in...
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Jul 19, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku341 – A fragrant breeze   A fragrant breeze   Is blowing from China   Over these seven strings This haiku is by Tagami Kikusha (1753-1826), a Japanese multi-disciplinary artist and Buddhist nun, mostly known  as a poet, painter, calligrapher and tea practitioner.  The haiku was written when she visited the temple Hooryuuji in Nara, in 1812, and was allowed to play an ancient Chinese guqin. A Fragrant Breeze was written for seven groups of...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku341, Racket In My Head
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Jul 3, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku339 – The Heavy Leaf   See the heavy leaf   on the silent windless day   falls of its own will. This haiku is by Nozawa Bonchō, a haikai poet and disciple of Basho who worked as a doctor in Kyoto. Later in life Bonchō distanced himself from Basho’s school and was imprisoned for a crime. He died in 1714. The Heavy Leaf was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku339, Racket In My Head
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Jun 19, 2020 George L Smyth
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Broken Is The Golden Bowl was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project  0442: One Sentence      Step 1: Choose a favorite single sentence. The sentence should be from prose or poetry, but not a song lyric.   Step 2: Say the sentence out loud, slowly, several times in a row. Consider its shape, its tone, its cadence, and its content, and how these connect with each other.   Step 3: In some way that you can understand, map the exploration of the sentence from Step 2.   Step 4: Compose...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0442, RacketInMyHead
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May 29, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku334 – Bright the full moon shines   Bright the full moon shines:   on the matting of the floor,   shadows of the pines. This haiku is by Takarai Kikaku, one of the most accomplished disciples of Matsuo Bashō.  He was famous also for writing a manuscript describing his master’s final days, and the immediate aftermath of his death. This haiku suggested to me a choral piece.  Of course, I need a chorus, but that's life. Bright The Full...
Topics: Chorus, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku334, Racket In My Head
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May 26, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku333 – A wild sea-   A wild sea-   In the distance over Sado   The Milky Way. This haiku is by Matsuo Bashō.  During the journey that would result in his masterpiece, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Basho stopped at Izumo Point on the Japan Sea and gazed out to Sado Island which, at that time, was infamous as a place of exile. A Wild Sea was written for Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, trombone, Bass Trombone, Gong, Cymbals, Violin, Viola,...
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May 23, 2020 George L Smyth
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Individual 1 (Living Under Occupation)was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0438: Deep Plan    Step 1: There is just one step this month: Compose a piece of music in which something special is situated at the very center. Background: You might simply interpret that instruction as you choose to. For additional context, you might consider this centerpiece a surprise, or you might hint at it at the opening. It might be a gap, or a presence, or something in between. At the moment...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Harpsichord, Accordion, Chorus of Sycophants, disquiet0431, RacketInMyHead
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May 15, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku332 – from evening mist   from evening mist   the bell   of life passing This haiku is by Issa: during his lifetime he wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun. This piece is dedicated to Lucky , a rescue greyhound dog adopted by my daughter and her family - the best dog anyone could ever hope for. The Bell of Life Passing - For a Lucky Dawg was written for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Hor, Trombone, Tuba, and Soprano,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Hor, Trombone, Tuba, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Naviarhaiku332, Racket...
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May 8, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku331 – Peaks of cloud   Peaks of cloud:   The ship has crossed   A windless sea. This haiku is by Natsume Soseki, whose literary career started in 1903 with a series of haiku and renga published on various literary magazines. Peaks of Cloud was written for Vibraphone, bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Vibraphone, bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku331, Racket In My Head
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May 2, 2020 George L Smyth
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This haiku is by Mats Unden, a Swedish visual artist, sound artist, musician, and experimental composer, based in Darwin, Australia. Being a visual artist and a printmaker as well, some works end up in performances, videos and installations.
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May 2, 2020 George L Smyth
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Rhetorical Difference was based on an abstract image which I found to be open to interpretation. As I tried to get my mind around it I decided to go with something inspired by Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question.
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Apr 9, 2020 George L Smyth
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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.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Naviarhaiku327, Racket In My Head
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Mar 29, 2020 George L Smyth
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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...
Topics: Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku325, Racket In My Head
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Mar 22, 2020 George L Smyth
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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.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku324, Racket In My Head
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Mar 10, 2020 George L Smyth
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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,...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Anvil, Vibraphone, Naviarhaiku322, Racket In My Head
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Mar 7, 2020 George L Smyth
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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...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Cymbals, Gong, Violin, Viola, String...
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Feb 20, 2020 George L Smyth
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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.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku320, Racket In My Head
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Feb 8, 2020 George L Smyth
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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.
Topics: Bass Drum, Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp,...
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Jan 30, 2020 George L Smyth
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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...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku317, Racket In My Head
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Jan 24, 2020 George L Smyth
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For Baby Peggy was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0421: Marquee Ghosts   The Assignment: What sounds haunt a discarded movie theater in the middle of the night? I made the decision to slightly alter the assignment for this week.  As an avid lover of silent films I have spent the past decade traveling to upstate New York on a yearly basis to attend a film festival of silent movies and obscure films from the 1930s.  The assignment of discarded movie theaters in the middle of the...
Topics: Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, disquiet0421, Racket In My Head
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Jan 20, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku315 – ambushed by bush fire   ambushed by bush fire,   had we only been dragons –   a lizard’s last words. 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...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Gong, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku315,...
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Jan 12, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku314 – Buoyantly We Go   Buoyantly we go   Like the wind,   Tasting water. This haiku is by Taneda Santoka, a Japanese poet and mendicant Zen priest who specialised in free verse haiku. Santoka was a disciple of Ogiwara Seisensui (1884-1976), the founder of the free-style haiku which discarded the traditional use of the 5-7-5 structure. Buoyantly We Go was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
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Jan 7, 2020 George L Smyth
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Little Dragonfly Hunter was inspired by the haiku:   my little dragonfly hunter   I wonder how far   he has gone today… The haiku is by Chiyo-ni, who was born in 1703 and was writing about the death of her son. I wrote the piece to be included in the album "A Last Sunset, A Celebration of Candy Lozier".  Candy was an ambient composer and founder of the Studio 4632 netlabel, which released an album of my music in 2018.  A second album was scheduled to be released but she passed...
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Dec 23, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku310 – Beyond the Smoke Is Light   Life here was marvelous   But we are slaughtering the world   Watch the forests burn From Marco Sebastiano Alessi: "Ella, the youngest daughter of SityPhoxx has been studying poetry in her English class at High School. For an assignment she had to write 5 poems in different forms. One of them was a Haiku. She knew of the Haiku musical challenge as she often comes up with titles for the music that...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Vibraphone, Chorus, Violin, Viola,...
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Dec 20, 2019 George L Smyth
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Retrograde was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0416: Time Laps   Step 1: Record a short piece of live, improvised music.   Step 2: Reverse the audio recorded in Step 1.   Step 3: Record a live improvisation on top of the reversed audio that resulted from Step 2. (Do this by listening to and responding to the playback in real time.) Then flatten the two layers into one layer.   Step 4: Reverse the combined audio (both layers flattened) resulting from Step 3.   Step 5: Record a...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, disquiet0416, Racket In My Head
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Dec 13, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku310 – One push of the door, a single step      One push of the door, a single step      And the corridor seems to stretch      As far as the eye can see. The haiku is by Takuboku Ishikawa, best remembered for his emphatic and introspective tanka: his poems were accepted by the one of the most important tanka journals of the early 20th century, “Myojo”, when he was only 16.  Takuboku Ishikawa’s two major collections of tanka,...
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Dec 5, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku309 – bitter winter wind .   bitter winter wind   ends there —   sound of the sea The haiku is by Ikenishi Gonsui (1650–1722), a haiku poet from Nara who settled permanently in Kyoto in 1684. A collection of his works, entitled Ikenishi Gonsui no kenkyū, was published in 2003. Bitter Winter Wind was written for Altos, Tenors, Basses, Organ, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Alto, Tenor, Bass, Organ, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku309,...
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Nov 24, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku307 – Innumerable stars   Innumerable stars   Looks like floated algae   In my mind The haiku is by Dakotsu Iida, a Japanese haiku poet from what is now part of the city of Fuefuki, Yamanashi, Japan. Commonly referred to as Dakotsu, he trained under Kyoshi Takahama, and was a frequent contributor to such haiku journals as Hototogisu and Unmo.  Innumerable Stars was written for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, two bowed Vibraphones, Viola,...
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Racket In My Head
Nov 23, 2019 George L Smyth
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Connection String was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0412: One Chord Wonder   Step 1: Choose a chord, any chord.   Step 2: Make a list of the notes that the chord is comprised of.   Step 3: Record a piece of music in which each of the notes in the chord are played by different instruments (more broadly: different sound sources).   Step 4: As the piece proceeds, change each of the instruments/sources, while never altering the notes that make up the chord.. Connection String...
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Nov 16, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku306 – The light snow   The light snow.   The ice without any trace   On the lake. The haiku is by Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937), an important advocate of the free verse haiku.  Besides being a writer and critic of haiku, Hekigoto was a literary scholar, noh dancer, art critic, calligrapher, social commentator, and mountain climber. The Light Snow was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Crotales, Cymbals, Violin, Viola, Cello and...
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Racket In My Head
Nov 15, 2019 George L Smyth
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A Gift was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0402: Music for Tasks   Step 1: Think of someone you’d like to give a gift of music.   Step 2: Record a piece of music for the person you thought of in Step 1. You don’t need to identify the person when posting the music. A Gift is written for my parents.  In 1971 the writing of my music progressed (or some might say "regressed") from writing songs on the guitar to writing serial music.  I remember sitting at the piano...
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Nov 8, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku305 – Walking the sky   Walking the sky   a clear moon   all alone The haiku is by Ogiwara Seisensui, a Japanese haiku poet active during the Taishō and Showa periods of Japan. He started the school of free haiku which made Ozaki Hōsai and Taneda Santoka popular. In 1911 Seisensui, with the support of Kawahigashi Hekigodo (1873-1937), founded the literary magazine Soun. Walking The Sky was written for Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello...
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Nov 1, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku304 – reflection   reflection   in the water   a traveler The haiku is by wandering poet and ascetic Zen priest, Santōka, who 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. Reflections was written for Flute, Oboe, Vibraphone, two Solo...
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Oct 25, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku303 – Whenever I speak   Whenever I speak   My lips are   chilled— Autumn wind. The haiku is by Basho. This poem has become a well-known Japanese proverb, meaning "It is better to leave many things unsaid". Autumn Wind was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass Autumn Wind - Score on YouTube - https://youtu.be/QcbvMZSnRfA
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Oct 18, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku302 – bursts from our guns   bursts from our guns   the town on the horizon   a brief vision of light The haiku was by Julien Vocance published “Cent visions de guerre” (A Hundred Visions of War) in 1916. From the battlefield of World War I, this French soldier decided to express his emotions of life in the trenches in the form of haiku. To accompany this piece I wrote my own haiku:   The world's other side,   Old man, an uncaring...
Topics: Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Snare Drum, Riangle, Tubular...
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Oct 11, 2019 George L Smyth
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No Food In The House piece was based on a haiku I wrote:      No food in the house      Someone please go to the store      Finally, dinner! It is in three parts, each part relating to a line in the poem. Included within is an homage to Talking Heads’ Burning Down The House. No Food In The House was written for Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Tubular Bells, Cymbals, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Tubular Bells, Cymbals, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass.
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Oct 5, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku300 – four, five, nine years   four, five, nine years   always the first to bloom…   cherry tree The haiku was by Kobayashi Issa: his poems were often lively and humorous, despite his life was marked by sorrow.
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Sep 14, 2019 George L Smyth
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Unloading The Dishwasher was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0402: Music for Tasks   Step 1: Think of chores or tasks you are responsible for regularly that don’t take a huge amount of time, like doing the dishes, or weeding the garden, or walking the dog.   Step 2: Select out of the list resulting from Step 1 a single chore or task, for which you will, in this project, create a score or sonic backdrop.   Step 3: Take a sonic inventory of the experience of doing the chore or...
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Racket In My Head
Sep 13, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku297 – awakened from sleep     awakened from sleep     surprised by the darkness–     late autumn The haiku was by Mizuhara Shuoshi, a 20th century Japanese poet. Shuoshi rebelled against the principles of emotional detachment in haiku, which he thought limited his ability to emotionally express himself through poetry: he started a magazine called Staggerbush which focused on a more romantic, lyrical type of haiku. I seldom sleep...
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Sep 7, 2019 George L Smyth
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Rauschen Time was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0401: Noise Pacing   Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the German word “rauschen.” Understand that “rauschen” is noise in the sense of white noise, waterfall noise, background noise, static, wind in trees, rain, etc. The blurred, diffuse, continuous kind of noise, not short individual non-tonal sounds.   Step 2: You are going to make music in which one or more “rauschen” noise(s) will be used as the beat or rhythm for...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Maracas, Cymbals, Gong, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Violin, Viola, Cello,...
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Sep 5, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku296 – evening haze     evening haze:     when memories come, how distant     are the by gone days The haiku was by Takai Kito, a disciple of Yosa Buson. Despite becoming a professional haikai master in 1771, Kito remained one of Buson’s most trusted disciples until the death of the great master, and was the de facto coordinator of Buson’s haikai group. Imagine taking that last sip of coffee on Mount Mitchell as the sun slowly hides...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Cymbals, Gong, Crotales, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola,...
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Aug 29, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku295 – night train .   night train   the briefly lit lives   of others The haiku was by Mark Gilfillan . He was one of the panelists at the Naviar Haiku Fest in London last October. He’s a member of the British Haiku Society and has been writing haiku and senryu for around seven years, His first collection Ghost Moon received positive reviews from esteemed American haiku Journal Frog Pond and the British Haiku Society’s Blithe Spirit. I...
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Aug 23, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku294 – spring dawn   spring dawn   wind turbines harvest   silver fog This haiku was by Michael Baeyens , a young Belgian author of speculative and dark fiction, horror, fantasy and the supernatural, as well as haiku. Considering the subject matter, I had to write this piece in the form of a round. Wind Turbines Harvest Silver Fog was written for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
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Racket In My Head
Aug 16, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku293   Each time they roll in   the beach waves break up   the plovers This haiku was by Shiba Sonome (1664–1726). She was a haiku poet and disciple of Matsuo Bashô. Reichhold wrote about her: “One sees that most of these women gained access to the inner circle around Basho by being related either by marriage or blood to one of his disciples. It is possible that Shiba Sonome was one of the few to be accepted as a poet on her own.” The...
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Racket In My Head
Jul 26, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku290 – Polarized Sky   polarized sky   the mixed melodies   of twilight birds The pen name “an’ya” loosely translates into “a peaceful surprise light in the moonless night”. Though nowadays she writes mostly tanka, in 2011 an’ya was voted one of the top ten haiku poets in the world by Simply Haiku. I had never heard of tanka until reading about an’ya.  In response I decided to form my piece in the shape of a musical tanka,...
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Jul 12, 2019 George L Smyth
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Waterfall, River, Ocean was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0393: Mix Master Step 1: Choose three pieces of music you recorded previously. Step 2: From each of those three pieces, choose one element you particularly like. Step 3: Create a new piece of music combining the three elements whose selection resulted from Step 2. (Additional elements may be added, certainly.) The weeks I can I submit to the Naviar Haiku blog .  The three most current entries were titled A Clear...
Topics: Waterfall, River, Ocean was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Cymbals, Gong, Crotales,...
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Jul 11, 2019 George L Smyth
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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. ...
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Racket In My Head
Jun 28, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku286 – when I gazed down the ocean   When I gazed down the ocean,   I could see with amazement   The countless lights that shone This haiku was created by by Marco Sebastiano Alessi & Talk to Transformer . I imagine floating in the three dimensional water, watching what is going on around me, then moving to another area and doing the same.  This has little difference with what I like to do on land - examine, enjoy, move on, repeat. When...
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Racket In My Head
Jun 26, 2019 George L Smyth
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I was photographing in North Carolina in August 2007 during the third day of an improbably hot stretch.  In the middle of a large field I set up my tripod, put my 4x5" camera on top, and inserted a 150mm lens.  The dark cloth went over my head and as I focused the image the sweat dripped mercilessly into my eyes, the salt stinging them, making it hard to see.  I am cold adverse and heat has never caused me to not do something, but for the first time I decided, after releasing the...
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Jun 22, 2019 George L Smyth
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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...
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Jun 21, 2019 George Smyth
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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:...
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Jun 8, 2019 George L Smyth
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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...
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Jun 2, 2019 George L Smyth
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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...
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Jun 1, 2019 George L Smyth
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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...
Topics: Clarinet, Baritone Horn, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, String Bass, Voice, disquiet0387,...
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May 25, 2019 George L Smyth
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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.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Sting Bass, naviarhaiku281, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
May 16, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku280 – night ends in hills   night ends in hills   before clocks strike four -   cloud covered sun hides This is a haiku by Aju Mukhopadhyay, a fiction writer, poet and critic, who’s written 32 books and received several poetry awards in India and abroad. Aju writes about wildlife and nature, and so far has published seven books of poems in English and two in Bangla. Night Ends In Hills was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
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May 9, 2019 George L smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku279 – Ripples on water   Ripples on water   reflecting the light of dawn   the breaking of day This is a haiku by Jason Richardson, a Leeton-based musician and poet. In 2014 his music was part of the sound installation we made for the State of Origin exhibition in London. Later this year Jason will be exhibiting his haiku, photographs and music as part of an exhibition at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery. Ripples Reflecting The Light Of...
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