THE USE OF TRADITIONAL KOREAN COMPOSITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ISANG YUN'S OPERA "DIE WITWE DES SCHMETTERLINGS" (THE BUTTERFLY WIDOW): COMBINING EASTERN MUSICAL VALUES AND CONCEPTS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WESTERN PRACTICE

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Title:
THE USE OF TRADITIONAL KOREAN COMPOSITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ISANG YUN'S OPERA "DIE WITWE DES SCHMETTERLINGS" (THE BUTTERFLY WIDOW): COMBINING EASTERN MUSICAL VALUES AND CONCEPTS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WESTERN PRACTICE
Author:
Kuh, Ja-Kyoung
Issue Date:
2009
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
Isang Yun (1917-1995) is one of the most important composers in Korean history. Even though Yun is a South Korean-born composer, most of his music was composed in Germany and has been largely performed and studied in Europe, Japan, and even North Korea. His music is unfamiliar to South Korean audiences because of the political issues surrounding the East Berlin Spy Incident (1967). Isang Yun composed a massive amount of music employing his unique compositional methods, such as the Korean traditional zither technique, Nonghyun, which is very similar to the vocal technique, Sigimsae. Also Yun created a Main-Tone Technique that was influenced by Korean court music and utilized more practically for his orchestra pieces as a Main-Sound Technique. Based on Taoist philosophy, Yun employed yin and yang concepts in his compositions and formulated his music with balance. All of his techniques and styles of music were designed by employing Eastern musical language and European compositional techniques. In this thesis, I will introduce the concepts and compositional techniques of Isang Yun. Also, by analyzing how he translated Eastern musical concepts into Western musical techniques in his opera, Die Witwe des Schmetterlings (The Butterfly Widow), I will attempt to demonstrate Yun's unique compositional style which resulted from a blending of Eastern and Western musical elements. In this opera, we have a unique example of how he successfully employed his own Korean musical values and techniques within the context of Western practice. Yun rediscovered the value of his own Eastern compositional techniques and then shared his music with Western audiences.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Isang Yun; opera
Degree Name:
D.M.A.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Music; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Roe, Charles
Committee Chair:
Roe, Charles

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dc.titleTHE USE OF TRADITIONAL KOREAN COMPOSITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ISANG YUN'S OPERA "DIE WITWE DES SCHMETTERLINGS" (THE BUTTERFLY WIDOW): COMBINING EASTERN MUSICAL VALUES AND CONCEPTS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF WESTERN PRACTICEen_US
dc.creatorKuh, Ja-Kyoungen_US
dc.contributor.authorKuh, Ja-Kyoungen_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIsang Yun (1917-1995) is one of the most important composers in Korean history. Even though Yun is a South Korean-born composer, most of his music was composed in Germany and has been largely performed and studied in Europe, Japan, and even North Korea. His music is unfamiliar to South Korean audiences because of the political issues surrounding the East Berlin Spy Incident (1967). Isang Yun composed a massive amount of music employing his unique compositional methods, such as the Korean traditional zither technique, Nonghyun, which is very similar to the vocal technique, Sigimsae. Also Yun created a Main-Tone Technique that was influenced by Korean court music and utilized more practically for his orchestra pieces as a Main-Sound Technique. Based on Taoist philosophy, Yun employed yin and yang concepts in his compositions and formulated his music with balance. All of his techniques and styles of music were designed by employing Eastern musical language and European compositional techniques. In this thesis, I will introduce the concepts and compositional techniques of Isang Yun. Also, by analyzing how he translated Eastern musical concepts into Western musical techniques in his opera, Die Witwe des Schmetterlings (The Butterfly Widow), I will attempt to demonstrate Yun's unique compositional style which resulted from a blending of Eastern and Western musical elements. In this opera, we have a unique example of how he successfully employed his own Korean musical values and techniques within the context of Western practice. Yun rediscovered the value of his own Eastern compositional techniques and then shared his music with Western audiences.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectIsang Yunen_US
dc.subjectoperaen_US
thesis.degree.nameD.M.A.en_US
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thesis.degree.disciplineMusicen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorRoe, Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.chairRoe, Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRoe, Charlesen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHirst, Graysonen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDauphinais, Kristinen_US
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dc.identifier.oclc659752109en_US
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