Tag Archives: Isang Yun

playability matters 

Surely unique compositions should be a joy to explore to performers, but why are so many compositions in the modern era at the risky fate of being neglected? In times like this, renditions by musicians who encountered and/or collaborated with … 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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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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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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