Moonlight     2011

     for SATB a capela choir

Moonlight glides into

The vast bamboo grove -

A cuckoo calls!

              - Matsuo Basho

      (translation composited by the composer)


Matsuo Basho was a haiku poet who was renowned during his lifetime for his simplicity of verse and the emotional pathos he could convey in so few words.  I love haikus because words seem so much more precious when there are so few of them.  The words for this haiku provoked particularly evocative imagery for me that I represented not just through the harmonic language and word painting, but also by breaking apart the words and using them to convey the vivid images in these few words.

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