version for contrabass solo
The title originated from the the Chinese ancient music "Shao". In 517 B.C., Confucius arrived in the country of Qi. On hearing "Shao" in the royal palace, he praised it highly as being "the most beautiful, and also the most honest!" "Confucian Analects" include: "after hearing Shao, Confucius was so touched that he could not enjoy the taste of the meat for three months".
Utilises modern techniques which avoids the loss of the graceful characteristics of the guqin (Chinese ancient lute - about 3000 years old, with seven strings). The piece, originally composed for quqin, is now transposed to double bass. It simultaneously benefits from many of the quqin's special skills so its status is neither quqin nor double bass, neither Orient nor Occident, neither classic nor contemporary, neither traditional nor modern… between conscious and unconscious.
Duration: 7' 00"