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Blue Book of Sheet Music
Group: Primer and Sheets
Description: This is a cobalt blue book of sheet music printed on high quality paper with the title of: The Great Harmony in Ancestral Sung Melodies, for Stringed Instruments. On the cover is an exquisite rendition of a traditional guqin in the phoenix tongue-design. It is closed.
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Page 1 You read page one of the open blue book of sheet music:
Written in Agatean:

The highly artistic souls and patrons of House Sung have been masters of musical performance and composition for centuries. Within this humble volume the honoured fellow musician or aspirant will find those traditional Agatean compositions and melodies that have been created by the respected ancestors of our fine House.

Stringed Instruments.

The Agatean Empire's esteemed development of high culture has given rise to several valued and now traditional stringed instruments. Amongst them one may find the biwa, the guqin, the koto and the shamisen. The sheet music within this volume was specifically transcribed for these instruments. Readers and musicians are encouraged to promote these symbols of traditional culture and fine music.

It is hoped that the honourable musician's efforts are fruitful and enjoyable.

Page 2 You read page two of the blue book of sheet music:
Written in Agatean:

The Emperor's Flower Gardens

This is a beloved tune from the Empire's early days. It is a lighthearted piece commemorating the extensive flower gardens of the Imperial Palace in Hunghung during spring.

Written in musical notation:
A series of staves with many notes predominantly in the upper register.

Page 3 You read page three of the blue book of sheet music:
Written in Agatean:

The Ballad of Peacefulness

In ancient legend a band of free spirited peasants and ronin warred against a particularly oppressive reign by the then Lord Hong. He was attempting to centralise and unite several districts of the Empire under his control. The unofficial war came to a decisive and desperate battle in the Valley of Peacefulness. Although ronin are commonly despised and peasants looked down upon, these free spirits of legend have nevertheless gained a special place in many an Agatean's heart (unless they are Hongs). This ballad was composed in honour of these freedom fighters.

Written in musical notation:
A series of staves with a long melody.

Page 4 You read page four of the blue book of sheet music:
Written in Agatean:

Knurd Epiphany

One of the great masters in Sung music history was also a regular patron of teahouses. One night he had drunk quite a bit too much beyond his level of tolerance. He staggered and winded and stumbled his way to the nearest Klatchian barge at the docks and had them give him some special coffee from their homelands. It was the first occurence of knurdness within the Empire. Whilst knurd, the respected master saw past the outer expressions and delusions of his previous drunken elation through its inner reality and ended up on the other side of it. In his knurd epiphany he discovered the musical essence and complex rhythmic pattern of drunkenness. This composition is the result of that realisation.

Written in musical notation:
A series of staves with a very complex scattering of musical notes.

Page 5 You read page five of the blue book of sheet music:
Written in Agatean:

Hearing Sounds of Pearwood Trees

This traditional favourite of one of the early Sung lords has survived the ages surprisingly well. It is believed to have remained unchanged throughout the ages. Written by a great Sung poet and composer, it reminisces on long seasonal visits to sapient pearwood forests. A pastime that has proved remarkably relaxing, though sometimes fatal.

Written in musical notation:
A few bars of notes down the bottom part of the stave.

Page 6 You read page six of the blue book of sheet music:
Written in Agatean:

Admiring the Koi

This lighthearted and tranquil piece finds a certain fondness amongst the Sungs. As an ode to the family symbol of the koi, and as a meditation on quiet ruminations on the spirit and on aesthetics it seems most apt.

Written in musical notation:
A few staves of a calm-looking melody.

Page 7 You read page seven of the open blue book of sheet music:
Written in Agatean:

Mist and Clouds over Pearl River

Written as an ode to Pearl River by a famous, if forgotten, poet in House Sung's history, Mist and Clouds over Pearl River summons a meditative mood in many and is often used for this very purpose.

Written in musical notation:
A series of staves of complicated music.

Page 8 You read page eight of the blue book of sheet music:
Written in Agatean:

Pointless Albatross Descending on Pearl Bank

Come to prominence in the final decades of the last Imperial Tang dynasty, this composition is characteristic of the lyrical poetry favoured in those times. It is said that a previous young Lord Sung strolled along Pearl Bank Walk with his concubine when a lone pointless albatross speared through the skies into the sands of Pearl Bank, tail first, never to move again. Noone ever discovered the purpose of this.

Written in musical notation:
A series of staves with complicated series of notes on it.