“Dear cousin, how fascinating you make it sound!” cried Bao-yù after Tai-yù explained the music score for the zither. “The men of old made music to induce self-restraint, curb passion and suppress licence and extravagance,” she said.

– from Chapter 84, A Dream of Red Mansions, by Tsao Hsueh-Chin, translated by Yang Hsien-yi and Gladys Yang, illustrated by Tai Tun-Pang, Foreign Languages Press, Peking 1978

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Dream of the Red Chamber

Music-playing to cultivate tranquillity, integrity