Friday, April 25, 2008

Upon Listening to the Flute: Korean Impressions for Flute and Orchestra


On May 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm I will be playing  the world Premiere of Philip Koplow’s “Upon Listening to the Flute: Korean Impressions for Flute and Orchestra” with the Greater Miami Youth Orchestra, Director Paul Stanbery.  Phil approached me in the summer of 2007 with the interest of writing a work for me with orchestra, and I was intrigued by his desire to incorporate Korean poetry and lullabyes into the work.  I hope you will join me for the concert at Garfield Middle School, 250 Fair Ave., in Hamilton, Ohio.  Free to the Public.
Here is an excerpt from Linked Verse by Five Poets (1442) which inspired the composer:
Where does it come from, the sound of a flute,
At midnight on a blue-green peak
        Song Sammun
Shaking the moonlight, it rings high,
Borne by the wind, it carries afar
        Yi Kae
Clear and smooth like a warbler’s song,
The floating melody rolls downhill.
        Sin Sukuchu
I listen - a sad melody stirs my heart,
I concentrate - it dispels my gloom.
        Pak P’aengnyon
Always, ever, a lover looks in the mirror,
And, amid vibrant silence, night deepens in the hills.
        Yi Sokhyong

Above: Here is a wonderful example of Korean flute.    
Left: Nina and Phil Koplow after the concert

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