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date: 25 August 2019

Chin, Unsuk locked

  • Arnold Whittall


(b Seoul, July 14, 1961). Korean composer. After studies in Korea she was awarded a German government scholarship, and moved to Europe in 1985. She had lessons in Hamburg with Ligeti, an important influence on her music, after which she settled in Berlin, composing and working in the electronic studio of the Technische Universität.

Her early works, including Gestalten (selected for the ISCM World Music Days in Canada in 1984), Troerrinnen (1986) for women's voices and orchestra and the tape piece Gradus ad infinitum (1989), laid the foundations for a style which tends as naturally towards the monumental as towards the intimate, and which can deal — both seriously and playfully — with dramatic archetypes and rituals. Several of her later compositions are on a relatively large scale, and explore radically contrasted expressive states, from the processional solemnity of santika Ekatala (1993) and the expansive, exuberant pattern-making of the Piano Concerto (...

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