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Musician introduces Dokdo through composition

Jun Jang-soo / Courtesy of Jun Jang-soo

By Kim Bo-eun

A musician is set to stage the first orchestra performance introducing South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo, through his own composition.

Guitarist Jun Jang-soo composed "Four Seasons of Dokdo" with 12 movements, three each for spring, summer, fall and winter.

It depicts the beauty of Dokdo's natural scenery in each season, as well as its history.

"During Japan's colonial rule of Korea, the Japanese occupied the islets. This was part of a painful history we should never forget. I composed the piece with the wish that people would think about Dokdo," Jun said.

He performed the piece at his solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York last month, becoming the first Korean guitarist to perform there.

Jun developed the piece into a score for a 70-member orchestra.

It will be played for the first time at the Korea at the Seoul Arts Center on Nov. 11. Jun will be the conductor for the performance.

The performance is sponsored by the government of North Gyeongsang Province and the Dokdo Foundation.

The score will be published by Sekwang Music on the same day.

"If the score is published it will reach more people and be preserved over generations," Jun said. "It will have value in that it is a record that introduces our land, Dokdo."

The guitarist obtained his bachelor's degree from the Korea National University of Arts and received a master of music from Yale University. He completed his postgraduate study at the University of Vienna.


Jun Jang-soo / Courtesy of Jun Jang-soo

By Kim Bo-eun

A musician is set to stage the first orchestra performance introducing South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo, through his own composition.

Guitarist Jun Jang-soo composed "Four Seasons of Dokdo" with 12 movements, three each for spring, summer, fall and winter.

It depicts the beauty of Dokdo's natural scenery in each season, as well as its history.

"During Japan's colonial rule of Korea, the Japanese occupied the islets. This was part of a painful history we should never forget. I composed the piece with the wish that people would think about Dokdo," Jun said.

He performed the piece at his solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York last month, becoming the first Korean guitarist to perform there.

Jun developed the piece into a score for a 70-member orchestra.

It will be played for the first time at the Korea at the Seoul Arts Center on Nov. 11. Jun will be the conductor for the performance.

The performance is sponsored by the government of North Gyeongsang Province and the Dokdo Foundation.

The score will be published by Sekwang Music on the same day.

"If the score is published it will reach more people and be preserved over generations," Jun said. "It will have value in that it is a record that introduces our land, Dokdo."

The guitarist obtained his bachelor's degree from the Korea National University of Arts and received a master of music from Yale University. He completed his postgraduate study at the University of Vienna.


Kim Bo-eun bkim@koreatimes.co.kr
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