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Shinawi No.6 for String Quartet - Byung Eun Yoo
Desiree Ruhstrat - violin
Sang Mee Lee - violin
Clara Takarabe - viola
David Cunliffe – cello
Nichols Concert Hall Evanston, IL. March 12, 2005
© 2005 Byung Eun Yoo , All rights reserved.
The Shinawi is a genre of Korean traditional folk music that usually denotes music played by a small ensemble. Mostly it is played by 2 wind instruments, 3 or 4 strings and a percussion instrument. It is said that the Shinawi originated from the Korean traditional shaman music. Shinawi No. 6 was written in 1990 for string quartet. When the composer was conceiving a new piece using the name Shinawi he tried to discover and experiment with a new form different from the one that had been used in the previous Shinawis. So he borrowed and utilized the form and rhythms from the Samulnori, another genre in Korean traditional folk music. Although the Samulnori is percussion ensemble music played by 4 percussionists and has a little different from, it shares some elements with Shinawi such as rhythms, modes and the spirit of the common people of Korean traditional society.
Written by Choon Mee Kim and edited by C. Lucy Park
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