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Variations on a Korean Peasant Tune - Geonyong Lee
Abraham Stokman – piano
Nichols Concert Hall Evanston, IL. March 12, 2005
© 2005 Geonyong Lee, All rights reserved.
Lee considered piano a difficult medium for expressing Korean themes because of its stubborn well-tempered temperament and a strong harmonic inclination. Often Korean traditional music id not sound right when played on the piano because the unique patterns of the Korean melody and rhythmic patterns cannot be expressed. In his earlier piano piece, A Movement for Piano, Lee subjugated the piano by treating the instrument as a percussion instrument. But in this Variation, the composer accepted the piano as it is and tried to let the melody of the song come alive through the work.
Sponsors of "Music of Korean Composers":
Pak Young Sa
( Korea's major book publishing company)
Korean Consulate General in Chicago
Korea Times of Chicago
Sponsors of Music for a While Series:
Bryan Dunn and Barbara Larsen
John G. Searle Family Trust
Sponsors of the Music Institute of Chicago 2004-2005 Concert Season
Nuveen Investments, Inc.
Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
Family of Byron Laflin Smith Evanston Concert Endowment Fund.
Illinois Arts Council
City of Evanston