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Original improvisations for piano by Tom Gally

Recorded in 2022
Cover illustration by Sara Gally

An Authentic Account

Occasion of the Embassy


Thoughts on Patronage


Presents for the Emperor


The Indolence of the Stronger and the Industry of the Weaker


Tempestuous Weather


Instance of Political Morality


Uniformity of the Winds


Other Sovereigns


Floating Islands


Late Revolutions


Master of the Lion


Squadron Sets Sail


To Cross the Bar


Arrival at Tacoo


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An authentic account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China: including cursory observations made, and information obtained in travelling through that ancient empire, and a small part of Chinese Tartary; together with a relation of the voyage undertaken on the occasion of His Majesty’s ship the Lion, and the ship Hindostan, in the East India company’s service, to the Yellow Sea and Gulf of Pekin, as well as of their return to Europe; taken chiefly from the papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney, Sir Erasmus Gower, and of other gentlemen in the several departments of the embassy by George Staunton, originally published in 1797, can be read and downloaded for free at the Internet Archive: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3 (plates)