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Composition Theme and Variations Include Original Works as Well as Using Traditional Korean Themes to Compose Music in Cinematic Styles

This project includes a total of nine songs, with recordings and scores. It can be thought of as having two separate parts, each with a distinct musical style. The first part is an original composition in a jazz/modern style, for which I wrote three piano trio songs and one piano solo track. For this first part I was inspired by the abstract paintings of Mikyong A. Osburn, who is based in the Los Angeles area. Each piece is an attempt to capture my reflections on a particular art piece by Osburn. In addition, I have included another original composition in the same genre, “When Autumn Comes.”For the second part I composed three original orchestral scores in a cinematic style using traditional Korean themes. Two of them are composed for a medium sized orchestra (including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn 1 and 2, piano, violin 1 and 2, viola, and cello) while a second is composed as a quartet including flute, violin, cello, and piano.Finally, the third piece is my original scoring for a scene from the film “Nim’s Island,” composed for a chamber orchestra of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, and string quartet.

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