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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Carpe Diem #665

The Siciliana by Respighi that Kristjaan posted is from his Suite #3 of Ancient Airs and Dances, and is based on a much older anonymous piece of lute music.  It has a definite 16th century sound.

That same source also inspired Spanish composer JoaquĆ­n Rodrigo for this selection.

Fantasia para un gentilhombre

Classical guitar totally defeated me, but I once tried to play a very simple piece of music from the Book The Renaissance Guitar compiled by Frederick Noad, which is the original source music I was speaking of above.  In the book, this piece is called Spagnoletta, "Little Spanish Tune."  It is taken from an Italian manuscript sourced by the 19th century musicologist Oscar Chilesotti.

Here it is played by the master

Andres Segovia


on the sandy shore
in the sunset's fading gold
old man strums his lute


airs and dances suite
a more modern impression
of ancient music


  1. I love these haiku, JazzBumpa -- especially the first -- and really appreciated learning some more about the music too.

  2. Will the lute strummer find himself baptised by the incoming tide?

    Sunset at the Pond

  3. Here's a conundrum: If the lute is not strummed, will the old man's life be extended, or will it end precipitately?

    Sunset Watchers

  4. I enjoyed both of your haiku, I loved the music, played it a few times. Thanks.


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