Through The Garden of Universe, I would like to combine my religious faith as a Christian with my identity as a Korean composer to create a new synthesis in contemporary music. The title came from the conversation with my mother. After listening to my In the Presence of the Lord for piano, she told me that it was like walking with God in his garden of the universe. I was inspired by the words “the garden of the universe”, and this turned out to be the title of my dissertation.
The 1st movement, The Garden, opens with a “heavenly” C major chord in string harmonics, harp bisbigliando, marimba tremolo, and clarinets. The chord is gradually infiltrated by an F# major tonality symbolizing the emergence of life (Rehearsal A). Rehearsal B (playfully) depicts the play of animals, insects, and birds. The C major chord returns Rehearsal C (tranquillo). Near the end of the 1 st movement, a descending harp arpeggio leads to a solo violin cadenza combining the C and F# tritone chords.
Following the cadenza, the 2nd movement, Chaos, begins with a chromatic motive treated contrapuntally by solo basses. The scripture reads “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
This movement begins solemnly with a steadily accelerating percussion figure symbolizing the word of God. The scripture reads “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
|Commitee:||Choi, Kyu Yong, Fry, James, Provine, Robert, Wilson, Mark|
|School:||University of Maryland, College Park|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/08, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Contemporary music, Creation, Garden of Universe, Korean folk rhythm, Orchestra, Tone poem|
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