Isang Yun / Visiting Orchestras

Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra

Matinee: Isang Yun 100
Isang Yun 100: Orchestra Concert I

Image based on: Marius Watz, “Grid Distortion Alu 025“

Image based on: Marius Watz, “Grid Distortion Alu 025“

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Past Dates

Work introduction 10:00

On the 100th birthday of Isang Yun, the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra will make its second guest appearance in Berlin since 2015. This orchestra from the South Korean north-western province around Seoul was founded in the 1997. Shiyeon Sung has been its chief conductor since 2014, having previously been James Levine’s assistant in Boston and the Associate Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra alongside Myung-Wung Chung.

Two of Yun’s works, which come alive from the tension between Korean and European music traditions, frame the programme. With “Muak” (Dance Fantasy ), the composer imagined a traditional Korean and European dance group. In Korean dance, rest and motion alternate whereas in European music, the rhythm is a constant driving force. Korean dance influences the European. “Réac” maps features of ceremonial court music onto a European orchestra: the layering of different processes and the specific sounds of the mouth organ that does not submit to European chord theory forms the core of Yun harmonics. Ligeti’s “Lontano” and Yun’s “Réac” share the stylistics of a finely chiselled sound composition. Toshio Hosokawa, who was born and grew up in Hiroshima, studied with Yun in Berlin. “A photograph of a mother looking for her child along the coast after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, led me to compose the piece “Klage” (Lament) in which a woman overcomes her deep pain by lending it expression through singing.”

Isang Yun [1917-1995]
for large orchestra [1966]

Toshio Hosokawa [*1955]
for soprano and orchestra
based on texts by Georg Trakl [2013]

György Ligeti [1923-2006]
for large orchestra [1967]

Isang Yun
Dance-like fantasy for large orchestra [1978]

A joint event by Konzerthaus Berlin, Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin and the embassy of the Republic of Korea.