Commissioned and premiered by Doug Smith
Twelve Haiku is a cycle of poems set to music, using the special combination of baritone voice and marimba to tell a story. Each brief composition represents one month of the year, beginning in winter, so that the performers and listener are taken on a journey of reflection and renewal. The haiku are English translations of five Japanese poets and range from the 17th through 19th centuries. Their timeless observations never fail to inspire, amuse, and delight.
— Philip Rothman
Twelve Haiku may be performed by one very talented musician singing and playing simultaneously, or each part may be performed by a separate performer. If the printed material is purchased, two copies of the score/part are included.