Monday, February 9, 2015

Carpe Diem #665, Sunset (over the Habor)

!! I publish this episode earlier, because I am in the nightshift !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today I have another wonderful impressionistic painting, but this time it's more from a modern artist of whom I couldn't find the name. The painting looks great and is an impression of a harbor in the sunset. Another nice scene as impressionists loved to paint ... we the day going to it's end, the light changes ... until sunset is at it's most beautiful.

Sunset over the Harbor

the sky changes
deep blue to yellowish red -
seagulls cry in the harbor

(C) Chèvrefeuille

There were also composers which were influenced by impressionism, composers like Debussy (1862-1918) for example or Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) and Ravel (1875-1925).

Impressionism in music was a movement among various composers in Western classical music, mainly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose music focuses on suggestion and atmosphere, "conveying the moods and emotions aroused by the subject rather than a detailed tone‐picture". “Impressionism” is a philosophical and aesthetic term borrowed from late 19th century French painting after Monet’s Impression, Sunrise. Musicians were labeled impressionists by analogy to the impressionist painters who use starkly contrasting colors, effect of light on an object blurry foreground and background, flattening perspective to make us focus our attention on the overall impression.
The most prominent in musical impressionism is the use of “color”, or in musical term, timbre, which can be achieved through orchestration, harmonic usage, texture, etc. Other elements of music impressionism involve also new chord combination, ambiguous tonality, extended harmonies, use of modes and exotic scales, parallel motions, and extra-musically, evocative titles such as Reflets dans l'eau ("Reflections on the water", 1905), Brouillards ("Mists", 1913) etc. Recently I discovered an Italian composer, who also was influenced by impressionism, Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936). And I love to share here a piece of music written by him titled “Siciliana”.

I hope you did enjoy this wonderful impressionistic music by Respighi and I hope it will inspire you to write new haiku too.

dreaming away
to a faraway sunny country -
a Nightingale sings

(C) Chèvrefeuille
This is it for today. This episode will be open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until February 12th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, a new Haiku Writings Techniques episode, later on. For now ... have fun! !! PS. I have made a new e-book Fragile Beauty, you can find it at the right side of our Haiku Kai. !!


  1. The Ottorino Respighi piece is from his Suite Anvient Airs and Dances #3.

    It's based on an old lute work of anonymous origin.

    Sounds very 16th century to my ear.


  2. I did a little detective work on the music. Details at my link above.


  3. Lovely music and nice write up on impressionism in music

  4. What a lovely painting! I found the artist: Boyan Dimitrov

    1. Thanks for that dig Cheryl-Lynn. I took a peek, he does awesome work!