for solo bassoon
Two Haiku for Matthew was written for my longtime colleague and friend Matthew Karr. It was written as a sort of follow-up to Seven Haiku for Kathy, composed for his wife, also a friend and colleague for many years. The three of us played together several years in a summer music festival in Mexico City, and then, as fate would have it, ended up in Louisville for the vast bulk of our careers. They were the first to commission a new piece from me when I took a job at the University of Louisville.
Although not miniatures, as poetic haiku are, the two movements are relatively short and concise and seek to imply wider horizons beyond the somewhat simple surface.
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