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Playlist of Chronological list of Korean classical composers

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  • Concert of Korean Composer Daeseong KIM - 6 SPACEJOA

    5:44

    Concert organised by SPACEJOA

    The 8th March 2017
    In Korean Cultural Centre, Paris.

    Pianist - Heyoung PARK
    Daekeum Player - Keunwha RYU


    Artistic Direction by Joa

    Video & Editing by David Berger

    'Little Consolation’ for Daegeum and Piano

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  • Concert of Korean Composer Daeseong KIM - 5 SPACEJOA

    10:53

    Concert organised by SPACEJOA

    The 8th March 2017
    In Korean Cultural Centre, Paris.


    Daekeum Player - Keunwha RYU
    Gayakeum Player - Chuljin KIM

    Artistic Direction by Joa

    Video & Editing by David Berger

    'Silk clouds' for Daegeum and Kayageum (12 strings)

    MORE info about the composer on

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  • Concert of Korean Composer Daeseong KIM - 3 by SPACEJOA

    11:17

    Concert organised by SPACEJOA

    The 8th March 2017
    In Korean Cultural Centre, Paris.

    Pianist -Heyoung PARK

    Artistic Direction by Joa

    Video & Editing by David Berger

    3 - 'Halo of the Moon' for piano solo.

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  • Concert of Korean Composer Daeseong KIM - 4 SPACEJOA

    8:08

    Concert organised by SPACEJOA

    The 8th March 2017
    In Korean Cultural Centre, Paris.

    Pianist -Heyoung PARK
    Daekeum player - Keunwha RYU

    Artistic Direction by Joa

    Video & Editing by David Berger

    4 - 'Blue' for Piano and Daegeum

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  • Concert of Korean Composer Daeseong KIM at Korean Cultural Center in Paris

    4:55

    Concert organised by SPACEJOA

    The 8th March 2017
    In Korean Cultural Center, Paris.

    Composer Daeseong KIM

    Pianist -Heyoung PARK
    Daegeum player - Keunwha RYU
    Kayageum player - Cheoljin Kim

    Artistic Direction by Joa

    Video & Editing by David Berger, DAVIDEO PRODUCTION

    7 - Dance for Peace - To let down

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  • Unyung La - Symphony No.8

    4:19

    Korean Composer Unyung La's

    Symphony No.8

    1st Mov.

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  • Sungji Hong — Flash w/ score

    4:05

    Performed by Hae-Sun Kang
    Flash for violin by Sungji Hong


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  • Unyung La - Piano Concerto No.1

    5:42

    Korean Composer Unyung La's

    Piano Concerto No.2

    2nd Mov.

  • Transfiguration, 1st Movement - Sungji Hong

    8:42

    Alto Flute Concerto: Transfiguration (2017)
    Performed by Carla Rees


    Carla Rees, Alto Flute

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  • Sounds and Sweet Airs - Sungji Hong

    4:52

    For Soprano with Chamber Ensemble (twelve instruments)
    Performed by Chimera Ensemble / Anna Maria Friman, Soprano / John Stringer, Conductor


    Chimera Ensemble
    Anna Maria Friman
    John Stringer

    Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
    Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.
    Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
    Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices,
    That if I then had waked after long sleep,
    Will make me sleep again: and then in dreaming,
    The clouds, methought, would open and show riches
    Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
    I cried to dream again.

    This evocative and musical text is spoken by Caliban in act 3 of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The piece is scored for lyric soprano with an ensemble of twelve instruments.
    In this expressive song, the soprano weaves lucid and tranquil lines which give a sense of a melancholic mood.
    Sounds and Sweet Airs was first performed in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall by Anna Maria Friman and the Chimera Ensemble under the direction of John Stringer.

  • Matt Haimovitz Discovers Isang Yun

    11:43

    Listen to Isang Yun - Sunrise Falling here:

    Uncompromising in his life as he was in his music, Korean composer Isang Yun (1917–95) held fast to his dream of a united Korea, even as he was unjustly accused of espionage for North Korea and sentenced to imprisonment and death. From a life of unimaginable oppression and torture emerges music of raw emotional power, heard on ISANG YUN: Sunrise Falling, a centennial commemoration of Yun’s life and music from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series

    #isangyun #sunrisefalling #matthaimovitz #makinamekawa #isangyunhaus #cellist

  • Isang Yun: Sunrise Falling - LIGHT

    1:41

    Listen to Isang Yun - Sunrise Falling here:

    Uncompromising in his life as he was in his music, Korean composer Isang Yun (1917–95) held fast to his dream of a united Korea, even as he was unjustly accused of espionage for North Korea and sentenced to imprisonment and death. From a life of unimaginable oppression and torture emerges music of raw emotional power, heard on ISANG YUN: Sunrise Falling, a centennial commemoration of Yun’s life and music from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series

    #light #isangyun #sunrisefalling #matthaimovitz #makinamekawa

  • Isang Yun: Sunrise Falling - TEASER

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    Listen to Isang Yun - Sunrise Falling here:

    Uncompromising in his life as he was in his music, Korean composer Isang Yun (1917–95) held fast to his dream of a united Korea, even as he was unjustly accused of espionage for North Korea and sentenced to imprisonment and death. From a life of unimaginable oppression and torture emerges music of raw emotional power, heard on ISANG YUN: Sunrise Falling, a centennial commemoration of Yun’s life and music from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series

    #light #isangyun #sunrisefalling #matthaimovitz #makinamekawa

  • Transfiguration, 2nd Movement - Sungji Hong

    7:17

    Alto Flute Concerto: Transfiguration (2017)
    Performed by Carla Rees


    Carla Rees, Alto Flute

  • Unyung La - Violin Sanjo

    2:51

    Korean Composer Unyung La's

    Violin Sanjo

    2nd Mov.

    + 'Sanjo (산조)' is the Korean Traditional Musical Form
    (traditionally, it is a music for Solo Korean Instrument)

  • Unyung La - Piano Concerto No.1

    5:55

    Korean Composer Unyung La's

    Piano Concerto No.1

    3rd Mov.

  • Nunc dimittis - Sungji Hong

    8:37

    Nunc dimittis (2016)
    For basset recorder and tenor


    UMS ’n JIP, Swiss contemporary music duo
    Ulrike Mayer-Spohn (recorder), Javier Hagen (voice)


    The piece is characterized by recurring elements that function as the structural material for the development of the work; Tenor’s opening gesture of ascending half step glissandi (perfect 5th) and basset recorder’s gesture of descending half steps of glissandi (perfect 5th). The tenor sings slow glissandi and sequences of perfect fifths intervals in extreme high register in falsetto.

    Nunc dimittis for basset recorder and tenor was written in 2016 for UMS & JIP and it was first performed on 14th of June in Zürich, Switzerland.

  • Soaring - Sungji Hong

    3:40

    Soaring, 2011 (Rev.2017) for solo flute
    Performed by Carla Rees


    Carla Rees

    Score available through Tetractys Publishing

  • Unyung La - Symphony No.8

    3:00

    Korean Composer Unyung La's

    Symphony No.8

    2nd Mov.

  • Operatic Breaches - Sungji Hong

    13:17

    Operatic Breaches (2012)
    For Symphony Orchestra


    Operatic Breaches was completed in June 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It lasts for 13 minutes and is scored for symphony orchestra.

    The inspiration for this piece is based on the poem Nocturne vulgaire by Arthur Rimbaud. The title of the piece, Operatic Breaches, is taken from the very first line of the poem. “A breath opens operatic breaches in the walls,” (“Un souffle ouvre des brèches opéradiques dans les cloisons,”)

    Operatic Breaches was first performed on 30 August 2013 by the Oviedo Filharmonia under the direction of César Alvarez at the Auditorio Principe Felipe in Oviedo, Spain.

    It was awarded to the First Prize at the IV Concurso Internacional Magistralia in 2012.

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  • Mystic - Sungji Hong

    8:50

    Mystic (2013)
    For chamber ensemble and two male voices


    Es Spielt das Arcis Ensemble (con. Ulrich Nicolai)

    Mystic is a setting of a text by Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) who wrote some of the most extraordinary poetry in the French language. His visionary prose poem, Mystic, contained in Les Illuminations of 1872 depicted a surrealistic world of dreams and subconscious thoughts. His style in this poem, meandering through a landscape of symbolics, dreamy associations, and utopic images.

    The work opens with striking expression on high notes that is followed by a descending gesture on piano. Soon this descending melody is heard on male voices, with its long melismatic phrases, that functions as structural material throughout the piece. The two male voices imitate each other constantly and sometimes each one gets its share of the long lines. Their timber enriches the color of the ensemble while undertaking as low instruments in the piece.

    It lasts about 8 minutes and is scored for six instruments and two voices: flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, violoncello, tenor and baritone. Mystic was written in between 2012 and 2013. Mystic was awarded to the First Prize at Franz Josef Reinl-Stiftung in 2013. It was first performed by Es Spielt das Arcis Ensemble under the direction of Ulrich Nicolai at Gasteig Munchen in Munich, Germany.

  • O nata lux - Sungji Hong

    5:59

    O NATA LUX (2015)
    For three female voices (SSA)
    Dulciana Vocal Ensemble / Eoghan Desmond, Conductor

  • Et descendit - Sungji Hong

    8:49

    Et descendit (2015) for flute, viola and harp
    Performed by Sounds Modern Trio (flute. Elizabeth McNutt, viola. Daphne Gerling, harp. Jaymee Haefner)

  • Shades of Raindrops - Sungji Hong

    11:31

    Shades of Raindrops (2006)
    For flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin, and violoncello
    Ensemble TIMF / Uzong Choe, conductor


    Ensemble TIMF

    This piece was made possible by a grant from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University.

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  • Unyung La - Piano Trio No.1

    3:29

    Korean Composer Unyung La's

    Piano Trio No.1
    (Written in 12 Tone Technique)

    3rd Mov.

  • Impetuoso - Sungji Hong

    7:19

    Impetuoso (2002)
    for fl/picc, bcl, pf, vn, vc
    New Music Players
    Conductor: John Stringer

  • Unyung La - Symphony No.8

    2:57

    Korean Composer Unyung La's

    Symphony No.8

    3rd Mov.

  • The Lord is my Shepard - Sungji Hong

    8:08

    The Lord is my Shepard (2007)
    For SATB Choir, A Cappella


    This a cappella piece is scored for mixed unaccompanied voices (SABT) and was composed during the spring of 2007 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Lord is my Shepherd was commissioned by the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music and was first performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum in New York.

  • SHINE - Sungji Hong

    8:23

    SHINE (2015) for Flute and Electronics
    Performed by Carla Rees


    Carla Rees

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  • Exevalen - Sungji Hong

    8:16

    Exevalen (2019)
    For solo bass clarinet
    performed by Sarah K Watts

    Sungji Hong

  • Bisbiglio - Sungji Hong

    7:22

    Bisbiglio (2011)
    for Flute, Clarinet and Piano
    Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble


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  • Isang Yun: Sunrise Falling - DARK

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    Listen to Isang Yun - Sunrise Falling here:

    Uncompromising in his life as he was in his music, Korean composer Isang Yun (1917–95) held fast to his dream of a united Korea, even as he was unjustly accused of espionage for North Korea and sentenced to imprisonment and death. From a life of unimaginable oppression and torture emerges music of raw emotional power, heard on ISANG YUN: Sunrise Falling, a centennial commemoration of Yun’s life and music from the PENTATONE Oxingale Series

    #dark #isangyun #sunrisefalling #matthaimovitz #makinamekawa

  • Descending Flow - Sungji Hong

    9:04

    Descending Flow (2005)
    For Gayageum and Ensemble


    Gayageum: Jiyoung Yoo
    Ensemble Avantgarde
    Conductor: Steffen Schleiermacher

    November 23rd, 2005
    Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Germany

  • Resting in Light - Sungji Hong

    16:51

    Resting in Light (2009)
    For clarinet, violin, viola and violoncello


    Laboratorio de Interpretacion Musical (Con.Jesus Villar-Rojo)

    Resting in Light was completed in November 2009 in memory of my mother and the piece is dedicated to her. It lasts about 16 minutes and is scored for four instruments: clarinet, violin, viola and violoncello. It was first performed by Laboratorio de Interpretacion Musical under the direction of Jesus Villar-Rojo at the Los Remedios Church in Guadalajara, Spain on 4 May 2010.

  • Vassil Kazandjiev TOCCATA

    5:10

    Vassil Kazandjiev was born in 1934 in Rousse, Bulgaria. At the age of 7 he started playing the guitar and two years later he learned to play the piano. At the age of 10 he started composing music. His first teachers of composition and conducting were Konstantin Iliev and Dobrin Petkov. In 1957 Kazandjiev graduated from the Bulgarian State Conservatoire in the composition class of Professor Pancho Vladiguerov and conducting with Professor Vladi Simeonov. Already as a student at the Conservatoire, he won a laureate's prize for his Sinfonietta for a large orchestra at the Sixth International Youth Festival in Moscow (1957).
    Vassil Kazandjiev started his career in conducting at the National Opera in Sofia, where he worked for seven years. During that period he staged and conducted a number of Bulgarian and foreign operas and ballets: Yana's Nine Brothers and Antigona 43 by Lyubomir Pipkov, Sly Peter by Vesselin Stoyanov, The Boyana Master by Konstantin Iliev, Othello by Verdi, Turandot by Puccini, The Magic Flute by Mozart, Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, The Wooden Prince by Bartok, and many more.
    In 1962 he founded the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble with which he had very successful concerts in Bulgaria and abroad for 15 years. Since 1978 he was appointed conductor, and from 1985 until 1993 - Chief Conductor of the
    Symphony Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio.
    Vassil Kazandjiev combines high professionalism and broad musical culture, as well as a highly developed creative intuition. Therefore, his interpretations of works by different authors and epochs are distinguished by depth, stylistic authenticity and pointed modern sensitivity. His art has been immortalized in many recordings of the Bulgarian Radio, Balkanton, Harmonia Mundi - France, Kibaton - Japan and other companies from different countries. He has had extremely successful guest tours in many European countries, USA, Canada, Africa, Japan, South Korea, etc.
    In addition to being a remarkable conductor and pedagogue - he is professor of Orchestral Conducting at Pancho Vladiguerov State Academy of Music - Vassil Kazandjiev is one of the most talented Bulgarian composers. He is the author of a large number of symphony and chamber music works: four symphonies, a number of sonatas and instrumental concertos, Pictures from Bulgaria,LiveIcons, Apocalypse, Illumination, three string quartets, piano quintet, etc. He has also composed music for many theatre performances and films. His style is characterized by clear expressivity and artisticism, combined with a virtuoso composition technique.
    His TOCCATA for piano is written in 1957.This spontaneously written piece is the second one from V. K.'s cycle Predude and Toccata, intended for his graduatoin examine at the Music Academy. Prelude is a hundred percent Vladigerov's (a gesture of gratitude towards his teacher), but Toccata is an eloquent fact for the real creative direction of the student.
    Toccata reveals a mixed image, having in mind the style imitations, and rasembles (sounds like) toccatas of 20th sentury - from the music of Bartok, Stravinski, Prokofiev's harmonic style, Pancho Vladigerov's texture and harmonic originality, and even Chopin's etudes texture. Toccata fascinated with its dynamic story, sound richness and harmonic and rithmical ingenuity - witticism, close shape, flowing passages from one kind of technique to another, with the texture coverage over a numbers of layers, with the syncope rhythms.
    This recording is from live concert of Bulgarian pianist Veselinka Ivanova in Dartmouth college, NH on 25 February 2004

  • Evlogimenos - Sungji Hong

    6:24

    Evlogimenos (2015)
    For clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano
    Performed by TrioPolis


    Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet; Felix Olschofka, violin; Nikola Ruzevic, violoncello; Anatolia Ioannides, piano

  • Pater Noster - Sungji Hong

    11:49

    Pater Noster (2004)
    For SATB Choir, A Cappella


    This a cappella piece is scored for mixed unaccompanied voices (SATB). Pater Noster was commissioned by MATA Festival. The piece was received its first performance on 15 May 2004 by Vox Vocal Ensemble under the direction of George Steel at the St. Peter's Church in New York.

  • Black Arrow - Sungji Hong

    6:44

    Black Arrow (2005)
    For Bass Clarinet and Electronics
    Performed by Sarah K Watts


    Sarah K Watts

  • Pancho Vladigerov Humoresque Op 15 Milena Mollova

    4:05

    Pancho Vladigerov Humoresque Op 15
    Performed by prof. Milena Mollova on 8 July 2008 in Rousse, Bulgaria
    Prof. MILENA MOLLOVA (19 Februar 1940), a Bulgarian musician and pedagogue, is a prominent pianist of world renown as well as a powerhouse person with great influence on Bulgarian piano school.
    As a child prodigy Milena Mollova started taking piano lessons with professor Dimiter Nenov, and later with professor Panka Pelishek. After graduating from the Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy she specialised in Moscow with professor Emil Gillels. She was prize-winner at the First All-Bulgarian Contest in Sofia as well as at international contests like Long-Tibault - Paris, Tchaikovski - Moscow, Beethoven - Vienna, ARD - Munich, Vioti - Vercheli, and, notably, the World Youth Festival in Moscow. She has been very successful in concerts around Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Japan, Cuba etc. during her over 50-years life on the stage. She has made recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio and Television and for the Balkanton and Melodia recording companies as well as for many TV and Broadcast companies in Europe. Her undisputed achievements include her integral performances of 32 piano sonatas and the violin-and-piano sonatas by Beethoven. She was first performer of specially writen for her Concert for piano and orchestra by Krassimir Kjurkchijski and a lot of pieces from Bulgarian composers like Stefan Dragostinov, Dimiter Christov, Todor Stoikov and Krassimir Taskov.
    Milena Mollova was a piano professor at the Pancho Vladigerov State Music Academy and holds annual master classes in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, The United States and South Korea. Since 2000 she is a piano professor and a head of Departement Musical Arts in New Bulgarian University in Sofia.
    Milena Mollova is a chairman for Bulgaria of European Piano Teachers Association, a founder and a contributor of Foundation Pancho Vladigerov - Shoumen. She was honored with many public prizes for high artistic achievements and for her exceptional contribution to the Bulgarian musical and cultural life.

  • Kiklos - Sungji Hong

    16:30

    Kiklos (2002)
    For Symphony Orchestra


    I. Verdigris
    II. Naples yellow and Vermilion
    III. Silvery white
    IV. Emerald green

    Kiklos was awarded to the First Prize at The International Competition for Original Ballet Music during ISCM World Music Days-Slovenia 2003.

    Kiklos was composed between January and December 2002 in York, England. It was first performed as a ballet in October 2003 by The Slovenian National Theatre Opera & Ballet company under the direction of Conductor Dieter Rossberg and Choreographer, Stasa Zurovac at National Theatre 'Opera and Ballet' in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

  • Unyung La - Symphony No.8

    3:42

    Korean Composer Unyung La's

    Symphony No.8

    4th Mov.

  • Emendemus in Melius - Sungji Hong

    5:25

    Emendemus in Melius (2004)
    For SATB Choir, A Cappella


    The piece was received its first performance on 2 February 2005 by the Choir of the Temple Church under the direction of Stephen Layton.

    Emendemus in melius was awarded to the First Prize at The Temple Music Composition Prize in 2004.

  • Flash - Sungji Hong

    2:01

    Sungji Hong
    Flash (2008)
    for solo violin
    Performance by Hae-Sun Kang

  • Elevatus - Sungji Hong

    8:27

    Elevatus (2018)
    For flute, clarinet, trombone, vibraphone, piano, violin and violoncello
    Performed by Ensemble Mise-en / Moon Young Ha, Conductor


    Ensemble Mise-en
    Moon Young Ha

    It consists of three ideas as follows: the ghostly fleeting ascending glissandi, fluctuating air sounds, and the swelling suspended notes. The whole piece develops around or between these three gestures turning on themselves or going through transformations.

    The inspiration for this piece is based on the fresco L'Ascensione (c.1305, The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy) by Florentine artist Giotto di Bondone.

    Elevatus was completed in 2018. It lasts about 8 minutes and is scored for flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, vibraphone, violin, and violoncello. It received its first performance by Ensemble Mise-en under the direction of Moon Young Ha on 17 May 2018 at The Cell, New York (NY).

    The piece is dedicated to Panayiotis Kokoras.

  • Agonia - Sungji Hong

    9:57

    Agonia (2019) for flute and piano
    Performed by Elizabeth McNutt and Anatolia Ioannides


    Elizabeth McNutt
    Anatolia Ioannides

    The music is written for the dance Grounded Orbit in collaboration with choreographer Ilana Morgan to be performed at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas on January 19, 2019.

    It was commissioned by the Sounds Modern.

  • Flash - Sungji Hong

    4:31

    Flash (2008) for solo violin
    Performance by Hae-Sun Kang


    Flash for violin solo was completed in September 2008 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was commissioned by Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation to be premiered by Hae-Sun Kang at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul on 6 November 2008.

    Score available through Da Vinci Edition

  • Lazare veni foras ! - Sungji Hong

    8:12

    Lazare veni foras ! (2016)
    For piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, piano, violin, and double bass
    Performed by Ensemble Mise-en / Moon Young Ha, Conductor


    Ensemble Mise-en
    Moon Young Ha

  • Prismatic - Sungji Hong

    5:07

    Piano Concerto: Prismatic (2008)


    Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor. Roland Kluttig
    piano: Sooyun Lim

  • Fruscio - Sungji Hong

    4:42

    Fruscio (2016) for piccolo
    Performed by Kelley Barnett, Ensemble Mise-en


    The inspiration for this piece is from the nature surrounded by I-Park Foundation in East Haddam, Connecticut. It was composed during the I-Park’s Residency under collaboration with Ensemble MISE-EN in August 2016.

    Fruscio was first performed by Kelley Barnett during the Sound of Stockholm Festival at the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm on 10th of November 2016. It lasts about 5 minutes and is scored for piccolo.

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  • Fruscio - Sungji Hong

    4:55

    Fruscio (2016) for piccolo
    Performed by Kelley Barnett, Ensemble Mise-en


    The inspiration for this piece is from the nature surrounded by I-Park Foundation in East Haddam, Connecticut. It was composed during the I-Park’s Residency under collaboration with Ensemble MISE-EN in August 2016.

    Fruscio was first performed by Kelley Barnett during the Sound of Stockholm Festival at the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm on 10th of November 2016. It lasts about 5 minutes and is scored for piccolo.

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