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Topic: Quentin Kim - Two Sets of Korean Variations  (Read 113 times)

Offline andhow04

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Quentin Kim - Two Sets of Korean Variations
on: May 23, 2024, 03:20:49 PM
these two sets of variations are both based on Korean folk songs, but are very different pieces.

Variations on an Ancient Korean Melody
Was composed in 2008 and is based on ‘Doraji’ but that tune is cast in the minor key with austere accompaniment. This set is very Classical in nature, with transparent piano writing and classical proportions. It has always been an audience favorite

The Variations in f minor
Start with the tune ‘Hanobaeknyōn’ but also incorporate a hymn from the Korean Catholic hymnal, and a variation based on ‘Arirang’

This set was composed originally for cello and piano in 2015 but this version (not strictly a transcription) was done in 2019. Unusually the theme does not really return at all throughout the entire piece except in fragments. The variations in that sense are not Classical but rather emotional, subjective responses to two themes, the Hanobaeknyōn combined with the hymn.

Both sets have incredible piano writing and engaging harmonies !! Enjoy

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Re: Quentin Kim - Two Sets of Korean Variations
Reply #1 on: June 01, 2024, 11:53:15 PM
Impeccable playing and musicianship as usual.  This music is new to me but it is instantly appealing.  Outstanding!  Thank you for sharing.

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