17 Haiku : for piano
by Michael Hannan (2008)
Also known as: Seventeen Haiku
The Japanese haiku poetic form has inspired many Australian concert composers (notably Richard Meale, Peter Sculthorpe and Barry Conyngham). But as far as I know none of these composers has interpreted the strict limitations of syllable numbers of the haiku form in the realisation of their haiku-inspired works.
Each movement of my 17 Haiku has exactly 17 different notes (or more precisely 17 different attacks). Like most of my works for piano, 17 Haiku explores the complex resonances of the piano with the aid of the constantly-depressed sustaining pedal. Although there are only 289 notes/attacks in the work many of them are held for significant lengths of time. I invite the listener to meditate on the sounds of each successive movement as the work unfolds. Most of the ideas in this work are derived from moments in other works I have written for piano.
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