I Learn Only To Be Contented : electroacoustic
by Jacques De Vos Malan (2018)
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Library shelf no. CD 3109 [Available for loan]
The Zen temple at Ryōan-ji, outside Kyoto, is best known for its rock garden. Behind the tea-house is a stone basin known as a tsukubai, donated by Tokugawa Mitsukuni during the early Edo period (the late 17th century). Four kanji characters carved into the surface of the stone at first appear meaningless, but read in combination with the square shape of the central bowl, they can be interpreted as 'ware tada taru shiru', meaning 'I learn only to be contented', a reminder of the conceit of wisdom.
Instrumentation: Electro-acoustic work.
Duration: 15 min.
Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance
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