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Sanjo Gayageum Long Poems
Unaccompanied Sanjo Gayageum, 10min
Poem 1 5min
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Baek Seung-Hee, Gayageum

Poem 2 5min
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Baek Seung-Hee, Gayageum


 

My third piece composed for gayageum performer Baek Seung-Hee was specifically designed to be challenging to the performer.  The First movement requires delicate intonation control of strings which are "bent" upward from their open pitches; while the second requires a masterful control of phrasing and dynamics over a complicated melodic theme.  Compared to my earlier "Sanjo Gayageum Poems," the "Long Poems" extend the metaphor of poetic form by presenting a series of "verses" which all have the same structure even as the melodic content changes.

Instrumentation

12-String Sanjo Gayageum