Singing Through the Endless Night

gayageum and string quartet
(2012) 9′

Program Note

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.


Available on Seul Gi Lee’s “그리고 그리다 II” CD:


Purchase CD

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

Price: $15.00

Format :

All files will be available for download immediately after purchase. Hard copies will be shipped as soon as possible.

Related Works