Category Archives: music and politics

Cello as a metaphor

Composers take personal bonds with their instruments. There aren’t many cellist/composers around over the history. What roles did cellists play over the history? The Classical era’s cellist/composer Luigi Boccherini retained courtly and galante style, but the creative activities by cellist/composers in the Romantic … Continue reading

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bridging an ideological gap

If the Catalan cellist Pablo Casals’ social participatory was through an act of boycott, the Korean-born German composer Isang Yun’s democratic movement was through an act of composition. For instance, Yun’s many compositions were written as cultural participation in portraying … Continue reading

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Yun and the Cold War

This posting considers how Isang Yun’s music became at the receiving ends of the cultural tensions of the Cold War in the Korean Peninsula. Whenever musical modernism is discussed in relation to politics, the Western tradition tends to consider its … Continue reading

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more news about Isang Yun Centenary

Isang Yun Centenary might not be as bad, after all. The Isang Yun International Music Competition of which is known to have suffered a disadvantage due to the ‘cultural arts blacklist’, was selected for South Korean government sponsorship this year. … Continue reading

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what a way to celebrating the centenary: Isang Yun

The reception of exiled composer, Isang Yun (1917-1995) has been varied geographically: The West evaluates his music for the adoption of oriental philosophy on avant-garde inventions, whilst paying attention to his political messages. His homeland South Korea was largely reluctant to … Continue reading

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lack of classical music in the recent Choi-gate

So it seems South Korea’s first ever female President is about to go; hopefully by her accordance, if not by the law, impeachment. The corruption scandal was caused by her so-called ‘friend’, Choi. Infuriated millions of people gathered on the streets … Continue reading

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protest song: what is the problem?

A few interesting incidences which music or musicians get relating to politics in the Korean Peninsula… On one hand, well-known musicians, such as Myung Whun Chung and Sumi Jo get invited to perform the inauguration, which later becomes a debate … Continue reading

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