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Gayageum Quartet, 4m30s
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Gayageum Quartet K (PARK Sola, BAEK Seung-Hee, JANG Eun-Sun, and EE Mee-Lee)


 

After performing my gayageum solo "Sanjo Gayageum Poems," gayageum performer Baek Seung-Hee asked me to compose for the gayageum quartet with whom she performed at the time, Gayageum Quartet K.  The group was planning a concert themed around Kafka's unfinished novel "Das Schloss," the main character of which is referred to simply as "K."  Not being familiar with the novel, I instead focused on the letter K, creating a motive made up of four musical lines which, when written together on a single staff, make the shape of a letter K.  The hope was that it might become a signature piece of the group.  The four lines of the "K" motive are then treated to a series of motivic variations over the course of the piece.

Instrumentation

Four 12-String Sanjo Gayageum