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Ross Carey
Xinzheng couplets


[i]  These two electronic chimes chime at noon and 6pm each day from opposite ends of our campus.  One is running slightly faster than the other, which leads to a slightly different counterpoint on any given day

[ii}  A student sent me photos via WeChat of wildflowers taken near his hometown in a rural area of southern Henan near Nanyang

[iii]  According to Chinese five element theory, a ‘lucky’ element is one that is lacking in your chart.  To strengthen this, appropriate remedies are given, including what colours one should wear and activities to engage in

[iv]  No 1 of Satie’s Trois melodies de 1916, setting the poetry of Léon-Paul Fargue.  ‘The bronze statue’ features verses on a bronze frog used in a 19th century garden game “jeu de tonneau”.

[v]  Brahms, Johannes, 25 Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel Op. 24 (1862)

[vi]  Nandy, Ashis, Bonfire of Creeds, The Essential Ashis Nandy (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2004)

[vii]  Derrida, Jacques, transl. Beverley Bie Brahic. Geneses, Genealogies, Genres and Genius The secrets of the archive (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006)

[viii]  A public park on the other side of the river adjacent to our campus

[ix]  These short verses were composed in response to a request in April 2020 from Diana Marsh, Executive Director of SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music for NZ composers living abroad to share some of their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, to be published on the SOUNZ blog.


Photo credit: Ross James Carey