Composer Lara Poe, poet Kobayashi Issa
I chose a haiku by Kobayashi Issa for the text. The idea of winter seclusion appeals to me (although I would rather have snow than rain!) The music centres obsessively around the note E during the piece, although it momentarily moves elsewhere from time to time. The structure is in two parts: the first is quite pared down, with occasional flourishes. In the second part (which starts off with the second line, "Listening, that evening", the obsessive E moves around much more, and there is higher material floating over the vocal part – all returning to the E in the end.