Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



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Korean born Isang Yun (1917-1995) was a highly successful composer of Western avant-garde music who infused traditional Korean elements in works composed in a Western musical context. This monograph discusses the use of traditional Korean musical style and performance practices in Isang Yun's Monolog for bassoon, his only solo work for this instrument. Yun draws on a wide variety of East Asian elements for inspiration; from traditional Korean musical stylistic components, genres, and instruments, to Taoist and Buddhist religious philosophy. The Monolog for bassoon exemplifies Yun’s application of East Asian elements in his compositions and is a work growing in popularity with performers. However, it has been overlooked for scholarly analysis. This monograph provides pertinent biographical information about Yun’s life and musical experiences, an examination of European, religious, and traditional Korean compositional influences, the origin of the Monolog for bassoon, and an in-depth analysis of the work. The analysis focuses on the application of Yun’s signature hauptton technique, and how it shapes Yun’s synthesis of Korean elements in a piece that, at first hearing, appears to be a typical Western avant-garde work. Specific examples from the Monolog for bassoon are provided and discussed in terms of interpretation and relationship to their Korean inspiration.



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Beavers, Gabriel



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