The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


The qin's difficult; sometimes I have to prove to myself,
after hating what I've done, misshapen, out of tune,
grotesque, but not in a way I want - that I can still
play the instrument, that with the proper concentration,
things will work out, more or less, and this small corner
of the world will feel inhabited once again. Here there
are two qin pieces, one (proving) using hands and arms in
the usual position, but moving quickly through difficult
improvisation, and the other (proving) with cross-arm
movement, playing in reverse in other words. Ah, so here
are two pieces working in my favor. The Lombok image is
a topographic map of the homeland my gambus, perhaps
more on that later.

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