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Scarecrow Songs
4. Autumn Wind

Autumn Wind, a haiku of Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) and translated by Peter Beilenson in Haiku Harvest published by Peter Pauper Press, heralds the ominous onset of the perils of cold windy nights signaling possible destruction for the scarecrow. The crispness of consonants and quick repetitions of phrases combined with the ponderous sounds of piano or marimba leave little doubt of the fate of the fragile scarecrow. For treble voices in four parts (SSAA), marimba and harp or piano.

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