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date: 25 August 2019

Suh, Kyungsunlocked

  • Keith Howard

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(b Seoul, Nov 8, 1942). Korean composer. She studied at Seoul National University (BA 1964, MA 1968), presenting a concert of her first works in 1966, and later continued her studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1970–2). In 1974 she became a lecturer at Hanyang University. She joined a music theatre project with Mauricio Kagel in Cologne (1981), and served as president of the Korean Society of Women Composers (1993–7). Her works have been performed in North America, Asia, Australasia and Europe.

Favouring small ensembles, her representative early works include An Illusion (1977) for three flutes, harp and percussion and Phenomenon I (1982) for two pianos. In the latter work, bar lines are replaced by squares of one second duration, within which single notes and chord clusters are interspersed with flurries of ornamentation. Monody coupled to elaborate serial techniques features in later works, notably the solo violin piece ...

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