17. The Greatest Leader

By: Katrina Gordon
For: Orchestra
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Katrina Gordon
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
Modern classical music
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From a set of 37 musical reflections for small orchestra inspired by the ancient philosophical text by Lao Tzu: "Tao Te Ching".

This movement is inspired by verse 17:

With the greatest leader above them, people barely know that he exists. Lesser men are loved and praised. Still lesser ones are feared. Still lesser men are despised and defied.

When a leader trusts no-one, no-one trusts him.

The great leader speaks little. He never speaks carelessly. He works without self interest and leaves no trace. When all is finished, the people say, "We did it ourselves."

Composer's note: The oboe represents the enlightened leader in this movement.

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