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The attack should be prompt and united and as the piece progresses it should do so harmoniously, with clearness of tone and continuity of time, and so on to its conclusion.


quoted from Confucius, Analects BkIII sect.23. translated by Soothill. The section begins: "the Master discoursing to the state Bandmaster of Lu on the Subject of music said: "The art of music may be readily understood. The attack … etc." " Ezra Pound's rendering: "One can understand this music: a rousing start in unison, then the parts follow pure, clear one from another, (brilliant) explicit to the conclusion". This text may be used as a variant rite.

Cornelius Cardew

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