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by George L Smyth
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White peaks... was inspired by the haiku by Ishida Hakyō       White peaks…      the snow covers      brown trees      Ishida Hakyō  Ishida Hakyō (1913-1969) was a Japanese poet and student of Mantarō Kubota. He was the founder and editor of the haiku magazine Tsuru. White peaks was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
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From Five Subway Haiku by J.K. McCauley Herald Square station tightly packed with commuters lost in their silence. From Five Subway Haiku by J.K. McCauley Herald Square station was written for Bassoon, Contrabassoon. Horn, Trombone, Gong, Tubular Bells, Piano Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Bassoon, Contrabassoon. Horn, Trombone, Gong, Tubular Bells, Piano Violin, Viola, Cello, String...
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A Dream Itself Is But A Shadow was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0379: Open Studios     Step 1: The purpose of this week’s project is to provide participants opportunities to get feedback on works-in-progress. Consider work you’re doing you’d appreciate responses to from fellow Junto participants.     Step 2: Either upload an existing recording (sketches and mid-process takes may prove optimal), or record something new and post it online for feedback. If there are some...
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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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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.
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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.
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Disquiet Junto Project 0289: Ancient Artifacts Step 1: Imagine an instrument that has been lost in the sands of time. Step 2: Imagine what that instrument sounded like. Step 3: Record a piece of music employing that instrument. (Be sure to describe your instrument’s history in an accompanying note.) The history of tuned percussion instruments in ancient Greece offers few examples (the Krotalon being one) so to fill this gap I imagined a large machine that worked like a music box.  The...
Topics: Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp, disquiet0289, Racket In My Head
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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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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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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku253 – the piano man.   The piano man   is stingy at 3 A.M.   his songs drop like plum. This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight. On the back of his 1968 debut collection, Poems from Prison, Knight stated "I died in Korea from a shrapnel wound, and narcotics resurrected me. I died in 1960 from a prison sentence and poetry brought me back to life." Stingy at 3 A.M. was written for Trombone, Bass Trombone and Piano.
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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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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...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku306, Racket In My Head
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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...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0412,...
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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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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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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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Music For Insomniacs was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0350: Selected Insomniac Works .    Step 1: It’s the middle of the night, long past dusk and long before dawn. You can’t sleep.   Step 2: Think about what kind of music you’d want to hear right now — super quiet, super subtle, unlikely to wake you, potentially to ease you back to the comfort of your pillow, or at least to calm your mind.   Step 3: Record the sort of music that Step 2 made you imagine. I wanted to...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, disquiet0350, Racket In My Head, Cello, String Bass
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku268 – transience . . .   transience . . .   petal by petal   we let go This is a haiku by Debbie Strange , which was awarded “Best Haiku, Canada” in the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational .  Debbie is an internationally published short form poet, haiga artist, and photographer, whose creative passions bring her closer to the world and to herself. She has a deep reverence for nature, and her work often reflects...
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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.
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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to naviarhaiku 199.   Going forth…   Leaving my thoughts   In a sasanqua flower.    I added (condensed) to the title because this short piece is the seed of an idea for a much larger piece, which I hope to be able to offer by the end of the year. It was written for two horns and trombone.
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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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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.
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by 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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by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku242 – The pine shadow falls on the tent wall.   The pine shadow falls on the tent wall   & I see the shrine   as if for the first time This is a haiku by Diane di Prima, one of the founding members (and one of the few female writers to have been acknowledged as an integral member) of the Beat Movement. The Pine Shadow Falls On The Tent Wall was written for Glockenspiel, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Glockenspiel, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku242, Racket In My Head
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by 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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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.
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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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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 234 – when the cicadas cease .   when the cicadas cease   what coolness!   the voice of the pines This is a haiku by Baijaku, as translated by Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, a writer, translator, and journalist of the late 19th century. The Voice Of The Pines was written for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku252 – The wire fence is tall .   The wire fence is tall   The lights in the prison barracks   Flick off, one by one. This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight, an American author and one of the most prominent poets of the Black Arts Movement in the 20th century. While serving the U.S. Army in Korea he was wounded and as a result, the drug addiction that had begun during his service got worse. He wrote his most acclaimed book, Poems from Prison,...
Topics: Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku252, Racket In...
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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
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku250 – I was silent all day: .   I was silent all day:   Facing the sea,   The tide came up.  This is a haiku by Santoka, who spent 16 years of his life as a mendicant Zen priest, probably one of the last of his kind in Japan.   When I am silent, my mind fills with thoughts that both dance and clash with one another, like a mosh pit. I Was Silent All Day was written for Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola and Cello.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku251 – I have lost my way .   I have lost my way   In a strange town at night, –   A sky of old cold stars.  This is a haiku by Richard Wright, one of the most celebrated African-American novelists of the twentieth century.  He discovered haiku during the last eighteen months of his life (he died of heart attack in 1960, aged 52). In such a short time he wrote 4000 poems, and his posthumous book " Haiku: This Other World " is a...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 207 – the woman .   the woman   leads into the mist —   low tide beach This is a haiku by Kobayashi Issa. It was written for String Quartet.
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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.
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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...
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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,...
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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
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This piece was written for Disquiet 0268 . On most days I take a walk through the woods near my house, which normally takes about forty-five minutes.  I listen to music as I walk but decided to remove the headphones while slowly walking over the bridge. As I listened to the quiet, which was intermittently broken by birds in the distance, branches and leaves blowing as the wind picked up and died down, and the water flowing below, the ear of my mind added memories of a time to come when the...
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This piece was written for the Disquiet Junto Project 0286 . The idea here was to translate, transliterate, and interpret a piece of music, so I selected Awakes , a piece I wrote last year that described my granddaughter when she wakes up. The piece is in four sections.  The first part is the initial sequence of what I originally wrote.   The second part has been translated.  In this regard I thought of myself as a child, with more energy than one has a right to own, which offered its own...
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto #285 .  The idea was to select three barcodes and write music based on their contents. I selected barcodes from the three ingredients of my typical breakfast - Shredded Wheat (big biscuit), milk and sugar.  From the barcodes I extracted the numbers, which I had represent notes (I did end up changing two of the 36 notes so that it would make more sense).  Each barcode is a voice in this string trio, with the barcode for the Shredded Wheat...
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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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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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Daniel Diaz's lovely piece, Lonely Duo (https://soundcloud.com/daniel-diaz/lonely-duet-uke-disquiet0269) was written with the intention of a collaboration so took it upon myself to provide a backing for the ukulele.  In the original there is more to the piece than the simple uke so give it a listen, but I enjoyed the chance to add something simple to something I feel should remain simple. The available score, written for string quartet, accompanies the sound file.
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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...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku262 – the reef’s silence . . .     the reef’s silence . . .     sea fans brighten, darken     with the current This is a haiku by Bruce Ross: poet, editor, professor and past president of the Haiku Society of America. The Reef’s Silence was written for Piccolo, Flute, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Vibraphone and Cello.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 227 – Morning coolness.   Morning coolness:   dewdrops swaying   in the spiderweb This is a haiku by Betty Drevniok , one of the founders of the Haiku Society of Canada .  The Betty Drevniok Award is an annual competition organized by Haiku Canada .  After a long winter I love the warm, but do not at all mind the coolness of the morning.  This piece depicts this stillness, when I am less interested in hurrying and more inclined to just...
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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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Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0278: MacConnel’s Jingle . Kim MacConnel was a primary in the Pattern and Decoration art movement of the mid-1970s, which had an interest promoting trivialities as seen by Western culture, such as patterning.  I wanted to offer this musically and while working on ideas it did not take long to get to a concept inspired by the work of Steve Reich. The work is scored for percussion instruments, namely xylophone, vibraphone and harp.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku245 – Flowers of morning glory .   Flowers of morning glory.   The sky above this street   Begins to overcast. This is a haiku by Hisajo Sugita, an innovative exponent of the women’s haiku movement, and one of the first poets to combine distant views and foregrounds in the same poem. Her role in modernizing haiku was recognized only after her death, when contemporary writers began to use a similar style of juxtaposition. We change on a...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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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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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku241 – Nightfall.   Nightfall,   boy smashing dandelions   with a stick. This is a haiku by Jack Kerouac, who took a different approach with Japanese Haiku.  He said, "I don’t think American Haikus (short three-line poems intended to be completely packed with Void of Whole) should worry about syllables because American speech is something again ... bursting to pop." Smashing Dandelions With A Stick was written for Flute,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Marimba, naviarhaiku241, Racket In My Head
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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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May 7, 1970 was the third day of protests against the Vietnam war at West Virginia University. Thousands of students had collected at Grumbein’s Island in front of the student union building and effectively blocked traffic, chanting and giving speeches. The military draft had been reinstated, and fresh in everyone’s mind was the Kent State killings, which had happened just a few days prior. On the wall of the student union building the jocks and frat boys lined up, yelling down at the...
Topics: Bass Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Timpani, Tambourine, Snare Drum, Violin, Viola,...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 225 – The wild geese take flight .    The wild geese take flight   Low along the railroad tracks   In the moonlight night This is a haiku by Masaoka Shiki , a Japanese poet, author, and literary critic in Meiji period Japan. Shiki is regarded as a major figure in the development of modern haiku poetry.  I've done a good bit of hiking, and one of the pleasures is coming across a large pond filled with geese. They are magestic both coming...
Topics: Trombone, Gong, Vibraphone, Harp, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Chorus, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
by George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 205 – shrapnel .   shrapnel   brings from the grove of trees   a circle of birds This is a haiku by Georges Sabiron, who lost his life in the trenches of northern France in May 1918. The designation of (condensed) has been added to the title because I will be expanding this idea into a much larger piece. It was written for Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Timpani, Vibraphone, Violin and Cello.
Topics: Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Timpani, Vibraphone, Violin, Cello, naviarhaiku205, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
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This piece was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0302: Gronkytonk . I imagine Gronkytonk as the music one hears down the street coming from an - at best - sketchy bar.  Going inside the music reminds one of the poem Jaberwocky - it's understandable but occasionally falls into the realm of confusion. Frank's Gronkytonk was written for Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Oboe, String Bass, Cymbals, Drum Set, Timpani and Wood Blocks.
Topics: Bassoon, Clarinet, Horn, Oboe, String Bass, Cymbals, Drum Set, Timpani, Wood Blocks, disquiet0302,...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 215 – Night over .   Night - over   sleeping children,   sound of the waves. This is a haiku by the 20th century Natsume Soseki, one of the most influencial modern Japanese writers. It is written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku215,...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 211 – Giant pasania tree .   Giant pasania tree,   splitting   autumn's sky. This is a haiku by Takahama Kyoshi. It is written for two Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone and Tuba.
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku275 – Home is not a place   Home is not a place.   It could be anywhere when   you are truly loved. This is a haiku by Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian citizen, was arrested three years ago “for allegedly plotting to topple the Iranian government.” She’s been held captive ever since. This year, supporters have been asked to write Haiku poems about what home means to them to hang from the tree...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku275, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
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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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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.
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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.
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The idea of the Disquiet Junto Project 0280 was to use a new musical thing to recreate an old musical thing.  Fortunately, the definitions of the terms "old" and "new" were not defined so I made up my own.  I decided that something new would be an occurrence within the past 1% of my life (this would include anything in the past 239 days) and something old would be an idea before my lifetime. For the old idea I decided upon something that would appear new to pretty much...
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" Max was pondering the important issue of how petrogylphs differed from hieroglyphs when the radio halted its roll at the very far end of the electronic dial. After a brief silence, the weak signal transmitted indistinct sounds, like whispers, intermingled with an odd chanting that faded in and out like a spectral dirge. Intrigued by this strange combination, and hoping for a broadcast of a lonely Indian powwow, Max turned up the volume, but the higher it went, the softer the voice and...
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Ophiuchus represents a man with a snake coiled around his waist. The zodiac consists of the twelve constellations through which the sun passes.  When the zodiac was first invented the sun did not pass through the constellation Ophiuchus.  However, because of the precession of the earth the eclipti now passes through the southern regions of the constellation Ophiuchus in the first half of December. Ophiuchus is in four parts. Largo Ophiuchus was identified by the Greeks as Asclepius, who was...
Topics: Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Ophiuchus, Racket In My Head
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Man Ray was known for his Dadaist images, photograms (he called them rayographs), and solarized prints (more properly refered to as the Sabattier effect).  In the evolution of art does the progression of the artform follow the technique or is the technique a natural outgrowth of the art's progression? The Man Ray Metronomic Society, offering a display of the artist's work, placed three of his prints together, Le Violon d'Ingres (Dadaist), Dora Maar (solarized print), and Kiki Drinking...
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This piece was written Disquiet Junto Project 0292: Eclipse Music and is dedicated to the memory of Bassel Khartabil. I have seen two eclipses and hope to see another one soon, weather permitting.  I imagined a time when eclipses were not understood and it was thought that they were a portent of the end of the world, as the sun disappeared into the moon.  This piece is of the thoughts of those people as they began to see the sun emerge from behind the moon and realized that they would live...
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku 212 – Under a winter moon   Under a winter moon   with shallow water   a river flows This is a haiku by Seishi Yamaguchi, an influential Japanese haiku writer active during the Shōwa period. It is written for String Orchestra, Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet and Marimba.
Topics: String Orchestra, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Marimba,...
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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
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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
Racket In My Head
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Coding Factory was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0324: Factory Floor . Consider what sort of music is appropriate for collaborative workplaces, such as newsrooms, design studios, software development teams, and so forth. Think about music that (1) isn’t distracting and (2) suggests momentum. A while back I wrote a 45 minute piece for myself to listen to while on the elliptical.  The idea was to provide a specific rhythm throughout my workout on which to base my actions.  As...
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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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Pentimento was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0328: Sonic Pentimento .   Step 1: This week’s Disquiet Junto project involves recording a piece of music inspired by a term from painting. That word is “pentimento,” which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a reappearance in a painting of an original drawn or painted element which was eventually painted over by the artist.” Familiarize yourself with the term.   Step 2: Think about how the term...
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This piece was written for Disquiet Junto Project 0253: Doorbell Rehab – Record some welcome music. Our doorbell is not working. However, when someone does press it I am sure that it wants to ring. I imagine what it would like to do and how its attempt sounds to the doorbell itself, as well as how it would like to sound to the potential visitor.
Topics: Glockenspiel, Racket In My Head, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, Xylophone, disquiet0253
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Water can exist in the three states, gas, liquid and solid.  States looks at these three, with recordings of each, our tea kettle, overflow from Lake Kittamaqundi, and cracking ice. States   Gas - written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Vibraphone   Liquid - written for Violin, Viola, Cello and Vibraphone   Solid - written for Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba and Vibraphone
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba,...