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Three Basho Haiku


Choral | SATB Choir Unaccompanied | 6 minutes

Product Description:

PDF score of Three Basho Haiku. 

Please note: 10 copy minimum. Please purchase one copy per member of your choir.

Program Note:

I was drawn to these three haiku by their emotional content and striking natural imagery.  “harvest moon” conjures the image of a large, orange moon rising in the autumn sky.  “first winter rain” gently likens the ending of the year with the waning of life, prompting the search for the comfort of companionship. “this fragrance” relates the experience of a particular scent awakening emotions and memories. Thanks to my Uncle Ken Harvey and Aunt Yoko Yamada for helping me with the translations.

​Three Basho Haiku is the winner of the 2021 Iowa Composers Forum/Iowa Choral Director’s Association Composition Competition.


SATB Choir Unaccompanied




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Texts by Matsuo Basho, English translations by Lisa Neher with the assistance of Ken and Yoko Harvey

i. harvest moon

harvest moon
rising to my gate
the cresting tide

ii. first winter rain

just for today
let’s grow old together
first winter rain

III. this fragrance

i don’t know
which tree’s blossom it comes from
this fragrance