2005 The Second Annual
Sejong Music Competition
Competition
November 13, 2005 (Sunday)

Required Pieces and Composers

Two pieces of music are required to be performed by each contestant.
One solo piece of the competitors' choice from memory and without repeats AND
one of the following required pieces. Contestants may use music only for the required pieces.

Required Pieces
(Choose One Piece from Your Division)

Instrument

Division

Title

Composer

Piano

Senior

Bell Flower

Sung Joon Hong

Changu-Nori

Dae-Sung Kim

Chaos based on Sae-Ta-Ryung

Eugene Cha

Junior

Nil-Lili or solo piano

Jean Ahn

Blue Bird

Hyun Kyung Kim

Fugue after the Korean National Anthem

David Schober

Violin

Senior

Toad for violin and piano

Jeongkyu Park

Sopum for Violin and Piano, based on the theme of SangYoungSan

Keumok Huh

Eemulnori: Memory and Reflection

David Evan Jones

Sopoong

Hyo Jong Kim

Junior

Fantasy for Violin and Piano based on the theme of Sarang by Nanpa Hong

Keumok Huh

Dorajie

Rhee Haun

Hae-Ga San Ma-loo-eh Ju-mool-uh-do

Dong-Ji Moon

How to order the required music?

About the Composers and About the Music

 

Bell Flower
for piano solo
by

Sung Joo Hong  

2005 Korean-American Music Composition Competition
3 rd Prize Winner

About the Composer:

Sung Joo Hong is a BM degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music. He studies music composition with Richard Danielpour. His music has been performed by Claremont Ensemble, Manhattan Composers’ Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Ensemble, and Virtuoso Artists. Awards include the Pasadena Arts Council Award, the CMS Scholarship, and Claremont Prize.

 

About the Music:

“Bell Flower” (도라지꽂) for piano solo. This piano piece is based on a theme from a Korean folk tune “Bell Flower” or “Doraji”. The piece also includes rhythms from Korean “PungMul Nori”. This piece attempts a musical recollection to make Korean folk tune and rhythm materials into a piano music.

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Chang-gu nori
for piano solo
Based on Chil-che & Youk-che
(Korean Rhythmic Pattern)
by

Dae-Sung Kim

2005 Korean-American Music Composition Competition
Honorable Mention

About the Composer:

Dae-Sung Kim

Lecturer, Joong-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. Grand prize winner of the KBS Music Composition Competition, Grand prize winner of the Best Musical.

 

About the Music:

“Chang-gu nori” (장구노리) for piano solo. This music is based on Korean traditional “PungMul Nori” rhythm “Gil-gun-ak Chil-chae” and “Ma-dang Il-chae”. This piece is an interpretation of Korean traditional rhythm into a piano music. The melodies in the middle of this piece with slow tempo derived from a Korean folk tune (Ihm-sil-gun, Bang-ah ta-ryung) from IkSan region of the Chun Buk Province and consist of “pyung-jo melody”. The dynamic rhythm and beautiful melodies of Korean folk music were incorporated into this piano music.

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Chaos based on
Sae Ta Ryung
for piano solo
by

Eugene Cha

About the Composer:

Eugene Cha was born in Los Angeles, USA and grew up both in Korea and USA. So he knows a lot of both cultures. Currently he studies in Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and his major teacher is Dr. Chris Theofanidis. He also studied computer music with Dr. McGregor Boyle. Now, his main interest is combining music of different worlds and cultures.

 

About the Music:

“Chaos” based on SaeTaRyung (새타령). Like to goal of this competition, I composed a piece that fully incorporates Korean spirit and that has elements which interests the listeners of the younger generations. Korean spirit and cultural heritage is achieved by incorporating themes from traditional song “SaeTaRyung”. Among different versions of this song, Chun La Province’s SaeTaRyung but conveying the emotions of that of JukByukGa; on top of this idea, I added the element of “chaos” to lead the whole music so that the emotions go up to the highest level. There is no doubt that this dynamic and vigorous element of chaos will interest the younger generations. In my original composition, two main themes are used; bird’s chirping and the chorus part of the whole song. The piece opens up with introduction followed by introduction of the main themes. Starting from measure 17, these two themes are varied in different interesting ways (bird’s chirping development_>transition_>chorus part development… and so on). It is also interesting to note that the bass line of the development sections are comprised of 5 tone boundary. Another aspect to note is that frequent time signature change in the development section represents the state of chaos of the bird (that lives through the cold winter forest) which once was a general who fought and died in a war, like the story in JukByukGa. The real beauty of this piece is experimental and open-mindedness that fully captures the intended spirit.

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Nil-Lili
for solo piano
by

Jean Ahn

2005 Korean-American Music Composition Competition
1 st Prize Winner

About the Composer:

Jean Ahn is a 4th year Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley. She was born in Korea and received her B.A. and M.A. at the Seoul National University. Recent awards include the De Lorenzo Prize and a fellowship to Aspen Music Festival. As a two time recipient of Korean Traditional Music Festival Award, she has also written many pieces for Korean and other eastern asian traditional instruments. Her music for Koto and electronics has been played in CNMAT (Berkeley) and CCRMA (Stanford) concerts.

Korea Times of Chicago 9/2/2005 news article.

 

About the Music:

“Nil-Lili” (닐리리) for solo piano. Using the theme of Korean tune “Nil-Ni-Ria”, this music extends the piece by juxtaposing chromatic scales or pentatonic clusters. The piece has the joyful lightness of the original tune which is one of the most popular folk songs from Kyung-gi Province.

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Blue Bird
for piano solo
by

Hyun Kyung Kim

About the Composer:

Hyun Kyung Kim is on the Computer Music Faculty of the Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She just obtained doctoral studies in computer music composition at the University of Maryland in May 2005. Previously she received a bachelor and masters in music composition from Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and pursued Music Technology studies at New York University. She has worked professionally in recording facilities and as an international sales consultant at Harman Consum er Group in New York.

 

About the Music:

“Blue Bird” (파랑새) is based on traditional Korean melody “Sae-ya Sae-ya Parang Sae-ya”. It is for a piano solo and composed in a variation format. It starts with four measures of introduction and each variation is about eight measures long and explores various styles, such as musette, nocturnal, canon, arpeggios, and waltz. “Blue Bird” consists a original melody of “Sae-ya Sae-ya Parang Sae-ya”.and each section has clear contour of the traditional melody. Thus the performer should bring the melody out clearly from the other accompaniments or inner harmony materials. Since each variation section has its own style, there are couple of abrupt tempo changes. However performer should either speed up or slow down few measures before the each section, so the flow of the music would not be interrupted and connected smoothly.

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Fugue after the Korean National Anthem
for piano solo
by

David Schober

About the Composer:

David Schober grew up in Rushford , Minnesota and holds degrees in music from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan . In 1995, he spent six months at Yonsei University in Seoul studying the language, history, and traditional arts of Korea . He has received commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Fromm Foundation, the Naumburg Foundation, and the BMI Foundation; his music has been performed by the Utah Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, the Mir َo String Quartet, and eighth blackbird. Last year he joined the music faculty of Queens College in New York City .

 

About the Music:

Fugue after the Korean National Anthem(애국가) for piano solo. This piece is a fugue eonxtructed around melodic segments of the Korean National anthem. The opening melodic phrase forms the primary fugue subject and is developed into a four-voice exposition. The end of the second line of National Anthem concludes the exposition. The third line of the Anthem forms the basis of the episode beginning in m 19. The melody appears in the middle voices, set against a modified version of the fugue subject. A second fugal exposition in the relative minor key begins in m.27. The subject is presented in stretto (closely overlapped entrances) in m48-51, leading to the climax at m.52, in which the last line of anthem occurs in the highest voice in augmentation (half the original tempo) simultaneously with the entire first line beneath. The final phrase of the anthem, in a series of varied harmonizations, brings the fugue to a close.

I have long been touched by the natural imagery and the hymn-like beauty of he Korean national anthem, and this composition is a response to my many wonderful experiences among Korean people, both in the U.S. and throughout my travel and studies in Korea .

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Toad
for violin and piano
by

Jeong Kyu Park

2005 Korean-American Music Composition Competition
1 st Prize Winner  

About the Composer:

Jeong Kyu Park attends the Korean National University of Arts graduate school, where he has received a BM in music composition. He has studied with Sung-Ho Whang, Feliciano, and Byung-Eun Yoo. Mr. Park was the first prize winner of the 2003 Dong-A Music Competition, 2004 Tong-Young International Music Festival, 2004 Korean Chorus Music Festival, 2004 Seoul City Chorus Music Competition, and 2004 Dae-Jun City Chorus Music Competition.

Korea Times of Chicago 9/9/2005 news article

 

About the Music:

 “Toad” (두껍이) for violin solo. A piece of eight variations, it is based on a theme derived from a Korean traditional children’s song “Du-Gup-Ah, Du-Gup-Ah” (Toad, Toad). It starts with a slow tempo, gradually accelerating to finish with a strong and stormy ending.

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Sopum
for violin solo
based on the theme of Sangyoungsan
by

Keumok Huh

About the Composer:

Keumok Heo has earned advanced music degrees from several
universities, including a master’s degree in composition from Northwestern University. She also studied at Robert Schumann Musikhochschule, Duesseldorf, Germany where she received a Diplom (the equivalent of a masters degree) in composition and a minor in piano. Additionally, she graduated from Yon Sei University with a bachelor’s degree in composition and a minor in piano.

Her compositions have been performed in Germany, Asia and the United States and have been featured in several international music festivals. Her work has been published in written scores and on CD.

 

About the Music:

Sopum for Violin solo (소품) was composed in 2004, especially for the First Sejong Music Competition. The theme is based on the Korean folk song, Sangyoungsan.

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Eemulnori:
Memory and Reflection
for violin and piano
by

David Evan Jones

2005 Korean-American Music Composition Competition
Honorable Mention  

About the Composer:

David Evan Jones is a composer of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music and a theorist writing about relationships between phonetics and music. In 1980-81, he was Composer-in-Residence at the University of York, England. He has subsequently taught at Dartmouth College and now at the University of California Santa Cruz . Jones' works have been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the New Hampshire Arts Council, and by an invitation to present two full concerts of his works at the Festival d'Automne in Paris . He has been awarded first prize in the Premio Ancona International Composition Competition ( Italy , 1983) and first prize in the competition sponsored by the American New Music Consortium (New York, 1985). He has composed in residence at the Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), Stockholm and at L'Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), Paris . His articles have appeared in Perspectives of New Music and Electro-Acoustic Music. His compositions are published by Dorn Publications, and on compact discs from Wergo Records, Contemporary Recording Studios ( Broomall , PA ), Centaur Records, and CRI.

 

About the Music:

Eemulnori: Memory and Reflection ” (이물노리) for violin and piano was inspired by the Samulnori tradition and composed as a gesture of respect for the spirit and musical sophistication of traditional Samulnori performers. As the title suggests, Eemulnori is in two sections. Each half remembers and develops a specific rhythmic cycle from the Samulnori performance on the compact disk set from the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts. The first rhythmic cycle is from the familiar opening of the Samulnori performance. The entire first half of Eemulnori can be thought of as a series of variations on this theme. The rhythmic theme is stated clearly by the piano in bars 1-21. The violin takes the rhythmic theme in bars 22-42. The rhythmic theme is presented in a series of canons (with an added “free” voice) in the third variation that begins in bar 43. As can be seen from the score, the variations progress gradually in complexity. The fourth and last variation (bar 65) maintains a modified version of the phrase structure of the rhythmic cycle but obscures the original rhythm. The second half of Eemulnori is based upon a faster rhythmic cycle (a condensed variation of the original cycle from the same Samulnori performance). The theme of the second-half of Eemulnori (bars 84-87) is based upon the subdivisions of this four-bar rhythmic cycle. The original Samulnori rhythm is stated clearly only near the end of Eemulnori at a tempo and in a manner intended to recall the excitement at the end of a Samulnori performance. In Eemulnori, the two “objects’ played are not only instruments but rhythmic themes and emotional concepts (“memory and reflection”). The form of “play” concerns memory and change: the first half begins with a clear Samulnori rhythm and gradually diverges from it. The second half begins rather far away from the fast Samulnori rhythm but returns to it more literally at the end of the piece. The difficulty of the piece is primarily in the Samulnori rhythms themselves. Some accommodations of parts can be made if necessary to make the piece more easily playable by students.

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Sopoong: Picnic
for violin solo
by

Hyo Jong Kim

About the Composer:  

Hyo Jong Kim studied music composition at the Seoul Arts University and won prizes from many competitions. Recent honors include the bronze medal for “jejudo” from the Korean Traditional Music Festival Competition in 2004. Currently Kim is working on musicals and music for movies.

 

About the Music:

Sopum for violin “Sopoong (picnic)” (소풍) is a piece for violin solo in F major with bright, lively and humoristic melody. Composer tried to emphasize lively and exciting aspect of the Korean traditional melody. This piece expresses excitement and joy of picnic day. The composer tried to contrast parts with F major and F minor.

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Fantasy
for violin and piano
based on ”Sarang” by Nanpa Hong
by

Keumok Huh

About the Composer:

Keumok Heo has earned advanced music degrees from several
universities, including a master’s degree in composition from Northwestern University. She also studied at Robert Schumann Musikhochschule, Duesseldorf, Germany where she received a Diplom (the equivalent of a masters degree) in composition and a minor in piano. Additionally, she graduated from Yon Sei University with a bachelor’s degree in composition and a minor in piano.

Her compositions have been performed in Germany, Asia and the United States and have been featured in several international music festivals. Her work has been published in written scores and on CD.

 

About the Music:

Fantasy for Violin and Piano was composed in 2004, especially for the First Sejong Music Competition. The theme is based on a Korean art song, Sarang by Nanpa Hong.

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Dorajie
for violin and piano
by

Rhee Haun

About the Composer:

Rhee Haun was born in Seoul, Korea. Resident of Wichita, Kansas. She studied music at the Seoul Art High School in Korea and music composition at Wichita State University. Earlier works have been registered with the US Library of Congress.

 

About the Music:

Dorajie (도라지) is the Korean name of the Bellflower. The root of the flower is used to make a side vegetable dish. Korean ladies like to pick the roots, so they can make Dorajie namul. It is a well known Korean folk song, and I composed for violin with piano accompaniment. Use of the major and the minor key gives the light and shade, but never too shaded. It remains fresh and pure as a young lady. Use of three beats, one of Korean’s common folk rhythms creates the dancing movements.

 

Hae-ga San Ma-loo-eh Ju-mool-uh-do
Inspired from Korean Traditional Poetry by So-Wul Kim
for violin and piano
by

Dong-Ji Moon

About the Composer:

Dong-Ji Moon ’s musical education was greatly influenced by his mother who is a pianist and teacher. He came to America in 1997. He participated in the Montgomery County Honors String Orchest r a and has been awarded by The Old York Road Symphony. He is currently studying composition with Dr. Brodhead at Temple University .

 

About the Music:

Hae - ga San M a - loo - eh Ju- mool - uh - do (해가 산마루에 저물어도) based on a poem by So Wol Kim: Melodically, this piece mostly uses a minor-pentatonic scale that is based on key signature. Every pitch in this scale is exactly matched with her feelings, so it could express her pains so well. It modulates five times by major-pentatonic scale (f-g-B flat-c-d) instead of minor-pentatonic which represents the composer’s hope for happy ending. Mostly, the pitch is based atonal harmony, but it also uses quintal harmony.

 

About the Poem

When the Sun comes to an end over the ridge of a mountain
To me, it comes to an end by the reason of you.

When the Sun rises over the ridge of a mountain
To me, the bright morning breaks by the reason of you.

When the ground caves in under my feet or when the sky falls down on my head
To me, all these happen by the reason of you.

Once again, when the time comes,
My never ending love to you will follow you like your shadow.

Oh, my beloved, my dear heart.

 

해가 산마루에 저물어도

  해가 산마루에 저물어도
  내게 두고는 당신 때문에 저뭅니다.

  해가 산마루에 올라와도
  내게 두고는 당신 때문에 밝은 아침이라고 할 것입니다.

  땅이 꺼져도 하늘이 무너져도
  내게 두고는 끝까지 모두다 당신 때문에 있습니다.

  다시는, 나의 이러한 맘뿐은, 때가 되면,
  그림자 같이 당신한테로 가오리다.

  오오, 나의 애인이었던 당신이여.

김소월(金素月)

So-Wol Kim (1902-34) is one of Korea ’s most famous poets. His most significant achievement was the flexibility and versatility he achieved in the use of the Korean language. In this poem, he presented the sorrow of a woman who was left by her husband. Here, he indicated the East Asian culture of woman that always had been on lower position than man. Basically this poem is all about her grief and yearning for her husband.

 


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