|1||Moon Viewing Music: I. Living alone in the woods...||4:21|
|2||Moon Viewing Music: II. Even more so...||4:49|
|3||Moon Viewing Music: III. Only the moon...||5:03|
|4||Moon Viewing Music: IV. As I look at the moon...||9:37|
|5||Moon Viewing Music: V. When I die...||5:24|
|6||Moon Viewing Music: Vi. I cleansed the mirror...||4:56|
1. “Living alone in the woods…” (after Ryōkan)
Living alone in the woods
few visitors cast shadows.
How clean the moon
gleaming in the sky.
Ryōkan Taigu (1758-1831)
2. “Even more so…” (after Buson)
Even more so
because of being alone
the moon is a friend.
Yosa Buson (1716-84; trans. Yuki Sawa and Edith Marcombe Shiffert)
3. “Only the moon…” (after Saigyō)
Only the moon
high in the sky
as an empty reminder-
but if looking at it, we just remember,
our two hearts may meet.
Saigyō (1118-90; trans. Burton Watson)
4. “As I look at the moon…” (after Saigyō)
As I look at the moon
my mind goes roaming,
till I live again
the autumn that I
knew long ago.
Saigyō (1118-90; from Japanese Tanka Poetry)
5. “When I die…” (after Hyakuri)
When I die
what I shall see will be
the lustrous moon.
Hyakuri (?-1727; from Japanese Death Poems, Charles E. Tuttle Co.)
6. “I cleansed the mirror…” (after Renseki)
I cleansed the mirror
of my heart-now it reflects
Renseki (n.d.; from Japanese Death Poems, Charles E. Tuttle Co.)
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