This is a unique piece for me, because it is my first work for a Korean traditional instrument. At the time I began writing these pieces, I was spending time with the poetry of Spanish writer Frederico Garcia Lorca. His poems often conjure images of the moon and sun, and I found myself writing with those pictures in mind. I chose to write four short pieces, each based on a fragment of Lorca’s poetry describing some facet of the sky.
These pieces are written for and dedicated to Ji-young Yi, who gave the premiere in the Summer of 2009 in Seoul.
I. Some blind girls ask questions of the moon
II. Your illusion, sun, is to make the garden turn technicolor
III. Beneath the tender protest of the stars
IV. Singing, the Seven Maidens (Theory of the rainbow)
Ji-young Yi, gayageum
Pieces of the Sky
Score and 6 Parts (PDF Format)