About this work:
Five Things was written on 10.23.01.
It is a setting of the following Song dynasty zen text:
What has been long neglected cannot be restored immediately.
Ills that have been accumulating for a long time cannot be cleared away immediately.
One cannot enjoy oneself forever.
Human emotions cannot be just.
Calamity cannot be avoided by trying to run away from it.
Anyone who has realized these five things can be in the world without misery.
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Year composed: 2001
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Bassoon, 1 Narrator
Instrumentation notes: bassoon can be replaced by baritone sax or bass clarinet
woodblock is optional