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I Learn Only To Be Contented : electroacoustic

by Jacques De Vos Malan (2018)

Audio Sample

From the CD 'Jare van Onrus / Restless Years' and 'I Only Learn To Be Contented'

'Jare van Onrus / Restless Years' and 'I Only Learn To Be Contented'


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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Electro-acoustic work.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

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