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An Encounter with Korea: Oboe Literature by Korean Composers of the 20th and the 21st Centuries
Jung Choi, oboe
Since the early 20th century, Korean classical composers have strived to find and claim their own voice within the world of classical music by fusing their Korean-ness with Western music. Isang Yun was the first Korean composer who gained global recognition by incorporating Korean philosophy and traditional sound concepts into Western classical music including his masterpiece, Piri for Solo Oboe.

Living Korean composers of the 21st century continue to engage in this endeavor by integrating Korean traditional musical elements and sentiments into Western musical language. Jisoo Lee finds his color by integrating Chung(정), a unique Korean sentiment, in his piece Sentimental Waltz for Oboe, Cello and Piano. Jean Ahn utilizes the elements of Minyo in her piece Blush for Oboe Solo. This lecture will introduce beautiful oboe music of Korean composers Isang Yun (1917-1995), Jisoo Lee(b.1981), and Jean Ahn (b.1976) along with their philosophical and musical analysis and performance practice.
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