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Jeffery Wilson

Three Haiku

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Instrument: clarinet choir
Grade: difficult
Catalogue No: 3608
ISMN No: 9790570279401

Three Haiku fulfills Jeffery Wilson's long held desire to compose for Clarinet choir. He was particularly pleased to be able to involve his love of the Japanese art form – Haiku – with the simplicity and emotional directness of the texts. Students of the form will know the classical syllabic structure of 5 – 7 – 5 in the poetry, yet there is so much more to the aesthetic and content of Haiku. Whilst the music has much to do with the formal structure of the poems translated below Jeffery hopes the listener can derive something of the narrative too.

Movement 1
How I would like
To wash the world’s dust
With these dewdrops
BASHO

Movement 2
What’s the butterfly
Dreaming
As it moves its wings so?
CHIYOJO

Movement 3
Everyone’s gone home.
The fireworks are over.
How dark the night is!
SHIKI


Jeffery Wilson
Jeffery Wilson studied at the RCM with John Lambert and Herbert Howells and went on to study with Gordon Jacob, Aladar Majorossy and Olivier Messiaen. His output includes orchestral music, numerous chamber works and educational music, jazz composition and one Opera 'The Way to Glory'. Jeffery was for many years a visiting lecturer at Utrecht Conservatorium in Holland and principal examiner (Jazz) for Guildhall exams, he is now coordinator of Composition at Junior Guildhall, Saxophone and Clarinet tutor at Colchester Institute and a supervisor for the music faculty at Cambridge University. He also very much enjoys responding to commission and fulfilling musical needs like the 'Progressive Guide to Melodic Improvisation' published by Trinity Guildhall. Why not visit www.jefferywilson.co.uk for more on the composer.
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Sample: Second Movement

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