Voice and instrumental ensemble

For voice, viola and piano

A setting of 21 haiku by Alan Wells published in The New Zealand Haiku Anthology, edited by Cyril Childs (Wellington: The New Zealand Poetry Society Inc., 1993)

Haiku was originally scored for instrumental ensemble and written to celebrate Douglas Lilburn’s 80th birthday. I subsequently rearranged it and and the first performance was given in 1996 by the Dunedin-based Lyric Trio — Ana Good (soprano), Rebecca Maurice (viola) and Joyce Whitehead (piano).

About the work

The haiku are concisely set — they draw on imagery both local and universal.

Scores and recordings

Buy or borrow the score from SOUNZ

Haiku — SOUNZ

RNZ Concert recorded Haiku in 1996.

Haiku — audio