Saturday, December 10, 2016

Carpe Diem Special #222 Candy's 2nd "morning walk" (tanka)


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to bring our second CD-Special for you today. As you all know the winner of our kukai wins the opportunity to create an e-book and wins the privilege to be featured haiku poet at CDHK. This month Candy of rhymeswithbug.com is our featured haiku poetess.
I introduced her to you in our first CD Special this month and now I hope to inspire you with another nice set of poetry by her.

For this CD-Special I have three tanka to inspire you. As far as I could find and know, these are the only tanka Candy has written. So I hope to inspire you with these tanka.

frozen water on
the pond children skate around
in circles, cold hands
warmed by a glowing bonfire
wind and earth rejoice

Credits: Morning Walk

morning walk
summer sun beats down
on her head
breeze plays with golden tresses
covered by her silken scarf


two ruby red lips
parted in a flirty smile
tease the tired farmer
shapely form comes after dark
courtesan of midnight dreams

© Candy

Three wonderful tanka by a very gifted poet, these tanka are really well written and maybe ... these will inspire you to create your own tanka or haiku.

the day has gone
the night belongs to them -
red light district


© Chèvrefeuille

I couldn't come up with a new haiku or tanka, so I ran through my archives, search courtesan, and ran into this one.

This CD-Special is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 15th at noon (CET). Have fun!


Carpe Diem #1092 Fantasy in g-moll for Cello by Fanny Mendelssohn


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is my pleasure to present to you another beautiful piece of music composed by a female composer. Today I have chosen to share with and inspire you with a composition by Fanny Mendelssohn. Let me first tell you a little bit more about her.

Fanny Mendelssohn:


Fanny Mendelssohn (1805 – 1847), later Fanny Mendelssohn Bartholdy and, after her marriage, Fanny Hensel, was a German pianist and composer. She composed over 460 pieces of music. Her compositions include a piano trio and several books of solo piano pieces and songs. A number of her songs were originally published under Felix's name in his opus 8 and 9 collections. Her piano works are often in the manner of songs, and many carry the name Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words). She also wrote, amongst other works for the piano, a cycle of pieces depicting the months of the year, Das Jahr ("The Year"). The music was written on coloured sheets of paper, and illustrated by her husband Wilhelm Hensel. Each piece was also accompanied by a short poem.
Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847)
Fanny Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg, the oldest of four children, including the composer Felix Mendelssohn. Fanny received her first piano instruction from her mother, who had been trained in the Berliner-Bach tradition by Johann Kirnberger, who was himself a student of Johann Sebastian Bach. Thus as a thirteen year old, Fanny could already play all 24 Preludes from Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier by heart, and she did so in honor of her father's birthday in 1818. She studied briefly with the pianist Marie Bigot in Paris, and finally with Ludwig Berger. In 1820 Fanny, along with her brother Felix, joined the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin which was led by Carl Friedrich Zelter. Zelter at one point favored Fanny over Felix: he wrote to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1816, in a letter introducing Abraham Mendelssohn to the poet, 'He has adorable children and his oldest daughter could give you something of Sebastian Bach. This child is really something special'. Much later, in an 1831 letter to Goethe, Zelter described Fanny's skill as a pianist with the highest praise for a woman at the time: "She plays like a man." Both Fanny and Felix received instruction in composition with Zelter starting in 1819.
Fanny showed prodigious musical ability as a child and began to write music. Visitors to the Mendelssohn household in the early 1820s, including Ignaz Moscheles and Sir George Smart, were equally impressed by both siblings. She may also have been influenced by the role-models of her great-aunts Fanny von Arnstein and Sarah Levy, both lovers of music, the former the patroness of a well-known salon and the latter a skilled keyboard player in her own right. (source: wikipedia)


Well ... did I say to much? A beautiful piece of music composed by Fanny Mendelssohn. I hope this composition will inspire you to create haiku or tanka.

fantasy world unfolds
while the wind tears clouds apart
in sunny colors
clouds moving, changing everlasting
fantasy world unfolds

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 15th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Concertino pour harpe et piano by Germaine Tailleferre, later on.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Carpe Diem #1091 Sonata in E, Op. 1/3 by Cecilia Maria Barthélemon


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem. This month I hope to inspire you through classical music from all ages and from all over the world. As I told you in one of my earlier posts this week I have a whole week full of compositions by female composers. I didn't know that there were female composers until I was doing my research for this month of Carpe Diem.

Today I have a nice piece of music composed by Cecilia Maria Barthélemon. There is not much known about her only the following:

Cecilia Maria Barthélemon (1767-1859) was an English singer, composer, pianist, and organist. She was the daughter of Maria Barthélemon, née Mary (Polly) Young, and François-Hippolyte Barthélémon. She published sonatas and occasional music.


A nice composition, it takes a bit time to listen to it, but I think it will inspire you ....

fragile beauty caresses the young flowers a blue butterfly

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 14th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Fantasy in g-moll for Cello by Fanny Mendelssohn, later on.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Carpe Diem Kukai "Autumn", the judging starts


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It has taken a lot of time, but finally I have the opportunity to start with the judging for the "autumn"-kukai. As you all know the "autumn" kukai was the last kukai of 2016 and it ended at the beginning of November. So I am really late with this kukai. My excuses for that.

You can email your points, 3 for the best haiku, 2 for the second best haiku and 1 for the third best haiku, before December 20th 10.00 PM (CET), to our email address: carpediemhaikukai@gmail.com Please write judging autumn kukai in the subject line.

This kukai we had a few new participants and I am looking forward to the points for those newbies. Of course you can not vote for your own haiku.

You can find the anonymous list of submitted haiku above in the menu or by clicking HERE.

Good luck !!

Carpe Diem's Tanka Kukai One "winter love"


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

First this ... I hope to open the judging for our "autumn" - kukai later today. I am looking forward to the results and the selection you will made through your votes, but that's for later today.

Welcome at a new feature here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. In November all our prompts had to do with tanka and the Ten Tanka Writing Techniques by Teika ... so I think we have improved our tanka writing skills ...
Today I love to challenge you to write tanka on the theme "Winter Love" and share it through the linking widget as we do always here. You have one week to respond. Than after that week I love to ask you to point out one participant of whom you think he / she has written the best tanka. You have to email me the number of the link of whom you think is the best tanka.

You can email your choice, just one participant, to our email address: carpediemhaikukai@gmail.com Please write "tanka kukai winter love" in the subject line and tell me which linked poet you find best. For that voting you have only three days. I will keep you posted of course.

The winner of this tanka kukai will be featured in a new feature here at Carpe Diem which I have titled "Tanka Splendor".

I am looking forward to your tanka themed "winter love".

You can link your tanka until December 15th 10.00 PM (CET).


Carpe Diem #1090 Harpsichord Concerto 1st Movement by Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to bring another nice piece of music to you. I hope this post will inspire you and maybe it will be the start of a new tradition, a new feature. Today I have a nice composition by Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini for you, again a female composer.

Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini (1720-1795)


Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini:

Maria Teresa was born in Milan to Pietro Agnesi, an overbearing man in the lesser nobility. He provided early education for both Maria Teresa and her more famous older sister, Maria Gaetana, a mathematics and language prodigy who lectured and debated all over Europe while her sister performed. Maria Teresa was married to Pier Antonio Pinottini on June 13, 1752, and they settled in a district populated by intellects and artists, but eventually suffered severe financial ruin. Pinottini died not too long afterwards. Maria Teresa died in Milan in 1795. Not much is known about Maria Teresa. Nothing is known of her education or teachers, and the dates of her compositions are largely unknown. Many of her compositions have been lost, although there are records of their existence. Her career was made possible by the Austrian Lombardy, which proved progressive and enlightened in women’s rights. The movement was more prevalent in Vienna and Dresden rather than her hometown of Milan, and Maria Teresa found more success and more appreciative audiences in these cities than in her birthplace. Maria Teresa had several famous performances, perhaps the most famous on July 16, 1739, when famous French traveler Charles de Brosses was very impressed by her music. He was not the only one; the Count Gerolamo Riccati wrote several letters praising her compositions and musical talent. Another very famous performance was her theatrical debut, the Cantata Pastorale Il Ristoro d'Arcadia, in Milan at the Teatro Regio Ducal in 1747 where she dedicated her piece to various rulers of the surrounding areas of Saxony and Austria. Agnesi would enjoy the patronage of Maria Theresia, holy Roman Empress and sovereign of Lombardy, and Maria Antonia Walpurgis, a gifted composer and contemporary.




A great composer I would say, it's a shame that I just recently found her compositions she deserved my attention earlier, but well ... I am not into playing classical music myself anymore, I only listen to it, maybe that's why I didn't know her music. Her music is not often played in our times and a great part of her oeuvre is gone.

wandering
through the open fields
ah ... autumn

© Chèvrefeuille

I hope I have inspired you with this beautiful composition. This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 13th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Sonata in E, Op. 1/3 by Cecilia Maria Barthélemon, later on.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Carpe Diem #1089 Divertimento in D minor, Op. 3, no. 3 by Anna Bon di Venezia


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of Carpe Diem's month of Inspirational classical music. For the upcoming days I have selected music compositions by female composers from all times and from all over the globe. I wasn't aware that there were so many female composers who have created wonderful music. For today I have a nice piece of music for you created by Anna Bon de Venezia, Divertimento in D minor, Op. 3, no. 3.

Anna Bon di Venezia (1737-1767)
Anna Bon di Venezia:


Anna Bon (1737-1767) was an Italian composer and performer. Her parents were both involved in music and traveled internationally; her father was the Bolognese artist Girolamo Bon, a librettist and scenographer, and her mother was the singer Rosa Ruvinetti Bon. In her short life she composed wonderful music. The piece of music featured here today, Divertimento in D minor, Op. 3, no. 3, was composed in 1759. I think she created a beautiful composition.


I hope this composition will inspire you. (Video source HERE)

heavenly music resonates through the neighborhood early sunrise
birds praising their creator I embrace my love

© Chèvrefeuille

This time I was inspired to create a tanka by this beautiful composition. I hope this music will inspire you too.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 12th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Harpsichord Concerto 1st Movement by Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinothini, later on.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #8 gathering clouds


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our CD feature in honor of Jane Reichhold, Universal Jane. In this special feature we honor the beauty and knowledge of Jane Reichhold, one of the best modern haiku poetesses.
Jane died at the end of July 2016 and she will be missed forever. She meant a lot for our Haiku Community, so therefore I created this special feature.

Not so long ago I wrote an obituary for Jane Reichhold to share her memory with the Dutch Haiku Circle, this obituary you can find at Haiku.nl (unfortunately it's only in Dutch).

I love to inspire you with a few "winter" - haiku by Jane.

gathering clouds
heavy and dark with holding
unfallen flakes
bell-tone circles
as path to meditation
across galaxies
sky covering with snow
mountain deep
a sky covering with snow
our way home
blue cold snow
warmed by fallen leaves
russet brown
© Chèvrefeuille
Well .... I hope you did like this Universal Jane episode and that it inspired you.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 11th at noon (CET).

PS. I have updated our December prompt-list 2016, the second week of our "Let The Music Inspire You" will be awesome and a tribute to female composers !!
 

Carpe Diem #1088 Conquest Of Paradise by Vangelis


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

During lack of time, a very busy week at the hospital, I only will share the music-video I had planned for today. I think you all know Vangelis, he is a modern classical composer, and I love his "electronic" music a lot. Of course there is no music better than the real classical music we have heard the last days here.


This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until December 11th at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode,  Divertimento in D minor, Op. 3, no. 3 by Anna Bon di Venezia, later on. For now .... have fun!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Carpe Diem #1087 String Symphony No. 4 in C minor by Mendelssohn


Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem. This month I hope to inspire you with classical music from all ages and from all over the world. Let the Music Inspire You ... with a beautiful piece of music by Mendelssohn.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847), was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.A grandson of the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn was born into a prominent Jewish family. He was brought up without religion until the age of seven, when he was baptized as a Reformed Christian. Mendelssohn was recognized early as a musical prodigy, but his parents were cautious and did not seek to capitalize on his talent.
Mendelssohn enjoyed early success in Germany, where he also revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and in his travels throughout Europe. He was particularly well received in Britain as a composer, conductor and soloist, and his ten visits there – during which many of his major works were premiered – form an important part of his adult career. His essentially conservative musical tastes, however, set him apart from many of his more adventurous musical contemporaries such as Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Charles-Valentin Alkan and Hector Berlioz. The Leipzig Conservatoire (now the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig), which he founded, became a bastion of this anti-radical outlook.

Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His best-known works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish Symphony, the overture The Hebrides, his mature Violin Concerto, and his String Octet. His Songs Without Words are his most famous solo piano compositions. After a long period of relative denigration due to changing musical tastes and anti-Semitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his creative originality has now been recognized and re-evaluated. He is now among the most popular composers of the Romantic era.
Again a composer whose legacy is awesome, but again he also died very young, as we have seen earlier this month. Must be the time in which they lived, but the most of the classical composers we have seen here now died very young. 


I hope this music has inspired you. I couldn't come up with a haiku or tanka immediately, so maybe I will publish my response somewhat later.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 10th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis, later on.