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: 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: 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.

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 (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.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Carpe Diem #1086 Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you did like the composition of yesterday. Philip Glass is a great composer and he is from our time. This month we are seeking inspiration through the classical music by the greatest composers of all times and from all over the globe.

Today I hope to inspire you through a beautiful piece of music by Tchaikovsky. Who was Tchaikovsky? Let us take a look into history ...

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893), was a Russian composer of the late-Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States. Tchaikovsky was honored in 1884, by Emperor Alexander III, and awarded a lifetime pension.

Although musically precocious, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. There was scant opportunity for a musical career in Russia at that time and no system of public music education. When an opportunity for such an education arose, he entered the nascent Saint Petersburg Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1865. The formal Western-oriented teaching he received there set him apart from composers of the contemporary nationalist movement embodied by the Russian composers of The Five, with whom his professional relationship was mixed. Tchaikovsky's training set him on a path to reconcile what he had learned with the native musical practices to which he had been exposed from childhood. From this reconciliation, he forged a personal but unmistakably Russian style—a task that did not prove easy. The principles that governed melody, harmony and other fundamentals of Russian music ran completely counter to those that governed Western European music; this seemed to defeat the potential for using Russian music in large-scale Western composition or for forming a composite style, and it caused personal antipathies that dented Tchaikovsky's self-confidence.

Here is the composition to inspire you, Waltz of the Flowers (video source You Tube)

"Waltz of the Flowers" is part of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" one of his most beautiful ballets.

spring breeze cherry blossoms dance conquering tears

© Chèvrefeuille

In this haiku I have tried to bring the sadness of the cherry blossoms scattered by the wind, but also tried to bring the joy of that wonderful scene of cherry blossom petals dance on the wind. While they dance they make the sadness go away.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 9th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, string symphony no.4 in C minor by Mendelssohn, later on.

Carpe Diem Special #221 Candy's Showcase first " promise in red clouds "

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at our first Carpe Diem Special of December 2016. As you all know Candy won our "tribute to Jane" kukai with the following haiku:

morning walk
trailing behind me
only footprints

© Candy

With this haiku she won not only the opportunity to create an exclusive CDHK e- book, but also being our featured haiku poetess of this month. Candy's weblog: Rhymeswithbug you can find by clicking on the link.

This is what Candy says about herself: "I am a reader, writer, and snapper of photos in my garden. The tiny creatures I find there are my muses".

I have already started to create her E-book which I have given the "work-title": footprints and I love to share here a few of Candy's haiku to inspire you.

pray for rain upon
this thirsty patch of terra
promise in red clouds
red clouds
Another nice one, this time a very delicate and fragile scene:

butterfly follows
the scent and hue of flowers
feast on zinnia
And a last one to inspire you:
flock of black birds
origami in the sky
fall migration
© Candy
Candy is a very gifted haiku poet and has written wonderful haiku and tanka, but maybe tanka is for a next CD-Special.
I hope I have inspired you with the beautiful poetry of Candy.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 9th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode,

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Carpe Diem #1085 The Kiss (Philip Glass)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I have a wonderful piece of music for your inspiration. It is composed by one of the greatest modern composers I know, Philip Glass. At the end of our last century I heard work of Glass for the very first time. I was visiting a friend of mine and he had bought a wonderful modern Opera, as he called it. "You have to listen to this part", he said. He played a part of an Egyptian dead-song. "Awesome", I said. "Who has written this?" He showed me the case of the CD and there it was a beautiful image of Akhnaten, the forgotten pharao who introduced the "one-god" religion of Aton. Maybe you can remember his name from our trip along and over the Nile.
"This is Philip Glass' masterpiece "Akhnaten", my friend said. "I just recently discovered his music". I was immediately a fan of this modern times classical music composed by Philip Glass, but for your inspiration I have chosen another composition by him.

Philip Glass (1937 - )
Philip Glass

Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century.
Although his compositions were often described as minimal music, as were other "minimalists" such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Glass has since distanced himself from the "minimalist" label, describing himself instead as a composer of "music with repetitive structures", which he has helped evolve stylistically. Currently, he describes himself as a "classicist", pointing out that he is trained in harmony and counterpoint and studied such composers as Franz Schubert, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Nadia Boulanger.
Glass has founded a namesake musical group, the Philip Glass Ensemble, with which he still performs on keyboards, and has written 24 operas, musical theatre works, ten symphonies, eleven concertos, solo works, chamber music including seven string quartets and instrumental sonatas, and film scores. Three of his film scores have been nominated for Academy Awards.

This video is created by Elliott Walsh, (images and music are copyrighted and the copyright lays with the artists.)

sweet sensations
I kiss the woman of my life
my heart beats again

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode ( a little belated maybe) is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until December 8th at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode, The Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky, later on. For now .... have fun!