A short tale about an unusual musical instrument.
When I began posting on Twitter, I started using the hashtag #TinyChapter with the idea of crafting 280-word tiny chapters from some of my short background notes. Some have become full-fledged short stories! Anyway, I plan to recap them on here so they can be read serially, in order – as opposed to the way Twitter lists and presents them.
This one is called, “Hajar.”
Dec. 1st, 2017
If you go to the Guild Library and look up ‘hajar,’ the only information you will find is the following:
“The hajar is a double-reed woodwind instrument, noted for sounding like a chordophone.”
There is no picture accompanying the Library’s tidbit.
Dec. 2nd, 2017
I remember hearing about a young man who was so enamored with flower arrangements that he eschewed a proper education to pursue them. He was considered the best in his city when it came to his line of work. People came from great distances to view his creations.
One day, the florist was trimming some sort of shrubbery and the device he was using malfunctioned. The resulting accident took off his left hand entirely and completely mangled the right. He was unable to do what he loved any more.
I absolutely love that kind of coincidental misfortune.
Dec. 3rd, 2017
Here is how I would explain the hajar:
“The hajar was a double-reed woodwind instrument, noted for sounding like a chordophone. It is also noted for having only one physical production, which was destroyed, and was only ever played twice by two different people.”
Dec. 4th, 2017
The reason I’m so obsessed with the hajar’s story is that one of the two times it was played before it was tragically destroyed was in a Yuwena Ghali symphony.
So, some people from a few hundred years ago were the only ones to have ever heard this instrument.
Dec. 5th, 2017
Marte Puccar, the hajar’s inventor, made up a song and took the instrument to a park, where he played it once. Puccar passed away shortly thereafter, leaving the hajar to his son, Vichere. He did not leave instructions or design specifications.
Dec. 6th, 2017
Yuwena Ghali happened to be in the park where Puccar was playing the hajar. Its sound haunted his thoughts for years afterward – it was beautiful beyond description!
Ghali later composed a symphony with the instrument in mind and spent years searching for it.
Dec. 7th, 2017
Puccar’s son miraculously learned to play the hajar. Ghali eventually tracked Vichere down and convinced him to perform in the symphony.
The performance was a great success, due to Vichere’s skill, and it was lauded universally. Patrons left in awe.
Dec. 8th, 2017
Leaving the venue after the performance, Vichere slipped and fell down the steps.
He landed on the hajar, destroying it beyond any repair. He landed in such a way that he broke his neck and died.
Nobody will ever hear the hajar again.