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Water has no equal


'Under heaven nothing is more soft and yeilding than water, nothing is better, it has no equal' (Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Book II)

Water has no equal is part of a collection of works inspired by the enigmatic writings of the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching. My father Doug gave me his copy of this mysterious and illuminating text when I was a teenager, and it has given much nourishment and insight over the years.

This work for soprano saxophone and piano was commissioned by Michael Duke and David Howie of HD Duo, and is at heart a contemplation on the influence and power of water, as phenomenon and metaphor, inspired by Lao Tzu’s poetic writing. I hesitate to say that this work is intended to be a deliberate depiction of water, as I feel that music can only really be about itself rather than something else. But curiously present are rippling patterns that flow gently outwards into larger wave forms, growing in intensity, which are then later on reflected back as if on water’s surface.

from notes by Tim Dargaville © 2021


Australian Thais
Studio Master: SIGCD685Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on SIGCD685 [10'36] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD685 track 5

Recording date
19 September 2019
Recording venue
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia
Recording producer
Michael Duke & David Howie
Recording engineer
David Kim-Boyle
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  1. Australian Thais (SIGCD685)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: July 2021
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