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Dorian Haiku

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Scott Watson

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music

Cost: Score and Parts - $50.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Tom


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Dorian Haiku, two centuries-old cultural artifacts---one Western (the Dorian mode) and one Eastern (Haiku poetry)---are fused together, resulting in an engaging and beautiful composition for intermediate band.

-Program Note from score

This unique and interesting work follows the structure of the style of Japanese poetic verse known as "haiku," which counts sound units (called "on" or "morae")and consists of seventeen sonic units groups in three phrases: 5 + 7 + 5. The tempo is slow throughout The work begins with the ensemble in unison octaves playing a chant-like melody in the Dorian mode. There are three phrases containing 5 notes, 7 notes, and 5 notes (this is the haiku). The haiku melody is repeated twice again with varying textures. A brief development section precedes a fully scored version of the haiku, and the work eventually dissolves quietly into varied melodic fragments.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, August 2014, p. 43


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