SATB chorus a cappella | 2 mins.
setting of waka texts by Sone No Yoshitada
Score available from Hayo Music
TEXT (Adapted from poems by Sone No Yoshitada
The lower leaves of trees
Tangle the sunset dusk
With the summer twilight
On the holy mountain.
We gather from the sacred tree
Now in the fourth month
Are nowhere to be found.
Jewels of water
Wet nothing now
Translations by Kenneth Rexroth, from ONE HUNDRED MORE POEMS FROM THE JAPANESE, copyright ©1976 by Kenneth Rexroth. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp., and by Thomas McAuley, copyright ©2012 by Thomas McAuley. Reprinted by permission of the author.
First performed by San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, director
June 2006, Oakland, California