Category Archives: orientalism

words about the Haupttöne

Isang Yun’s Haupttöne has a unique quality in the context of Western avant-garde techniques with the added flavour of Orientalism. This posting considers how the composer himself explained about the Haupttöne in his words in the Salzburg Mozarteum in 1993. Yun considered … Continue reading

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Yun’s Instrumentation

Isang Yun’s Orientalism in instrumentation is quite unusual. Unlike Toru Takemitsu, who enjoyed composing his native instruments; i.e. Takemitsu’s Eclipse for Biwa (Japanese lute) and Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) blends gorgeously with the Western orchestra, Isang Yun never composed music … Continue reading

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when East meets West: Isang Yun & Toru Takemitsu

Since 1950s, adopting oriental musical elements has become as new landscape of the Western art music tradition. Isang Yun (1917-1995) and Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) can be suggested as pioneers of this new tradition of connecting oriental philosophy and the Western … Continue reading

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