A Hundred Valleys by Michael H Dixon

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A Hundred Valleys was inspired by chapter LXVI in the Tao Te King the music presents each ‘valley’ as a low note. 330 higher notes in total approach the ‘valleys,’ this number cho- sen as a way of integrating the text and music. In all sentence one has 70 alphabetic letters, sentence two has 60. 330 equals twice 60 plus 3 times 70. The music follows the text pattern to a large extent in Section 1 and in the first line of Section 3, though is more like a reflection of words in Section 2. Line one of Section 1 relates directly to “The Ri-vers and the Seas; the Seas and the Ri-vers.” The full text:

The Rivers and the Seas (because they seek a lowly place) are Lords of a hundred valleys.
Let your love flow, seek a lowly place,
you will be Lord of a hundred valleys.

All the pitches are in just intonation and are close to the natural harmonics arising out of each tube length of the 19-tone trumpet.


from The Yasser Collection, released May 28, 2019


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