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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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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