A gentle mountain snowfall…an icy midnight sojourn…the simple, quiet joy of first snow…

I found the perfect voice for the feelings and scenes of winter I wanted to convey in the tiny verses known as haiku.  I’ve always loved haiku. I admire the expressive power that the skilled poet can wring out of such bare economic means.  A scene, painted so poignantly, so vividly—an essence, a sigh, a quick, visceral sketch to capture the deceptively-simple drama of nature revealing itself.  They are epigrams of life.

I hope these little morsels of music and words fill you with the essence of the winter season and that I’ve been able to impart some of the enthusiasm and admiration I feel for this wonderful aspect of Japanese culture.

(complete details in the program notes)

Difficulty

advanced

Voicing

SATB choir with piano

Length

ca. 5′

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Brandon Nelson (b. 1982 – Ishpeming, MI, USA) studied music education, horn, and composition at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree summa cum laude in 2004. While in residence at NMU, Mr. Nelson was the recipient of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra Young Composer’s Prize, was selected to present a composition in the prestigious Student Research and Creative Works Forum, had numerous pieces premiered by university and community ensembles, and was named Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Department of Music. After graduating from college, Mr. Nelson moved on to graduate composition studies at Central Michigan Unversity in Mount Pleasant, MI. Under the guidance of master composers David Gillingham and Jose-Luis Maurtua, Mr. Nelson continued to distinguish himself as a top composer, including winning the Studio Prize for Orchestral Composition and beginning his career as a publishing composer with the publication of his Festival Suite for saxophone quartet. Mr. Nelson worked for a number of years as a music teacher. He is presently focused on composing, authoring educational materials, and community music leadership. He is always willing to accept commissions.

2 responses »

  1. Holly Massie says:

    Hi Brandon I featured this haunting composition in my November Choral linkup http://stairwellcarollers.blogspot.ca/2013/11/november-2013-choral-linky-party-now-on.html#.UnqEGBDrTK4
    Come add another one — Holly :)

  2. […] the text and was free to choose the musical style and other important parameters.  The result was a seven movement piece setting winter-themed haiku.  The choirs worked very hard throughout the fall semester and presented a wonderful premiere in […]

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