Wisteria [voice quartet]



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PDF of score. 27 pages (incl. cover and front matter). 8.5×11 in.


Recording (Gabriella Cheij, Laura Hutchins, Jennifer Kuchar, Samantha Kunz)

Program note:
Wisteria, for voice quartet (SSAA), is based on tanka poetry by Masaoka Shiki* (1867-1902). The eight selected poems feature recurring observations about the colors and movements of wisteria plants. The set is intended to be sung as interludes but can be performed together.

*Translated by Janine Beichman. Reprinted by permission of Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc. from Masaoka
Shiki: His Life and Works
(Boston, Mass.: Cheng & Tsui Company, 2002.) © 2002 Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc.


in memory of
the spring now passing
I drew
the long clusters of wisteria
that move like waves

I see the wisteria
that moves like waves
and think to take up
the purple paint
and sketch its likeness

the purple of the wisteria
that moves like waves,
if made into a painting,
would have to be
a deep, deep purple

showing the way
to the crimson peonies,
the purple of
the wisteria
has come into bloom

in the vase
so short
it doesn’t touch
the floor

in the vase—
one plume hangs down,
a pile of books

in the vase
trails its plumes—
at my sickbed, spring is
drawing to its close

if soaked in
Yashiōri wine,
wisteria flowers
will revive and bloom again



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