Singing Through the Endless Night (동짓달 기나긴 밤을)

gayageum and string quartet (with or without double bass)
(2012) 9′


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이슬기 (Lee Seul Gi), gayageum; 조은기 (Cho Eun Gi), violin; 서진희 (Seo Jin Hee), violin; 홍수정 (Hong Soo Jeong), viola; 장유진 (Jang Yoo Jin), cello

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.

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