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[An orchard. Enter Don Pedro, Leonato, Claudio, and
Balthasar with music.]
Don Pedro: Come, shall we hear this music?
Claudio: Yea, my good lord. How still the evening is,
As hushed on purpose to grace harmony!
Don Pedro: Come, Balthasar, we’ll hear that song again.
Balthasar: Oh, good my lord, tax not so bad a voice,
To slander music any more than once.
Two views of a pipa, China, late sixteenth or early seventeenth century. The instrument’s name
derives from the manner in which it was originally played: pi, meaning “forward,” and pa, “backward.”