Matt Van  Brink - composer, pianist, lyricist, educator

The Lower Leaves of Trees (2002)

Mixed Chorus (SATB) a cappella | 2 mins.
setting of waka texts by Sone No Yoshitada
Available from Hayo Music

TEXT (Adapted from poems by Sone No Yoshitada

The lower leaves of trees
Tangle the sunset dusk
Awe spreads
With the summer twilight
On the holy mountain.
We gather from the sacred tree
Now in the fourth month
Oak leaves,
Old leaves
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