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.
12-String Sanjo Gayageum