- Keith Howard
(b Seoul, May 26, 1941). Korean composer. She studied first at Kyung Hee University (BA 1971, MA 1973); in 1975–6 she studied electronic music at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, and in 1979 took part in the conductors’ summer course at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She taught at Kyung Hee University from 1973 to 1989. Her compositional inspiration typically comes from Korean traditions. For example, the orchestral work Doet-Boe-Ki, first performed in Sydney in 1981, is constructed from blocks of sound inspired by old mask dances; in the same way that masks express joy, agony, fury or courage, Oh’s music conjures up the spectrum of human experience. Mu-ak for piano and percussion, first performed in Rome in 1982, explores the world of shamanism. The solo violin work Nyoum II imitates Korean scales and ornaments. Oh’s works have been widely performed in Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and Australia. Like her compositions, her writings, published in Korea, focus on Korean musical traditions and shamanism....