"Knowledge studies others,
Wisdom is self-known;
Muscle masters brothers,
Self mastery is bone."

Text: "Tao Teh Ching" by Lao Tzu (c. 500 B.C.). Translated from ancient Chinese by Witter Bynner. - Capricorn Books

"The Tao cycle (Existence,The Way, Bone, Name, The Breath, Life On It's Way), is a work that I have been pursuing for more than 20 years. Based on a 2000 year old chinese text Tao Teh Ching by Lao-Tzu, translated into clear english by Witter Bynner in the 40's, I set 6 of the pieces to music in the late 60's, and have been busy reworking them since. In the 70's we elaborated this music further, and performed it in many different settings, recording it several times, as a solo or as a group piece, with and without the words."

Steve Lacy (reprinted from the liner notes of Remains)


Written: 1970
First published: Prospectus (1987)
Instrumentation: voice, melody and piano accompaniment

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