Singing Through the Endless Night
is written for Seul Gi Lee, who suggested the inspiration for the work. She introduced me to a poem by one of Korea's most noted poets, Hwang Jin-i, which may represent some of her best-known verses.
In response to the poem, which is filled with a sense of longing but also one of hope, I have composed a piece in two parts. The first half of the work has the gayageum singing and lamenting over a string chorale. Then, after an extended gayageum solo passage, the second half focuses on the anxiety and excitement of anticipation, with faster tempos and energized textures. The piece ends with a brief recollection of the string chorale, now presented in a much different light.
This piece was written for and dedicated to Seul Gi Lee.