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Rabbit hole for large ensemble - Young-Jun Lee
Performed in Joe Byrd Hall, Peabody Institute Performed on April 23rd, 2023(World Premiere) Young-Jun Lee, copyright © 2023, All rights reserved Composer : Young-Jun Lee Performed by Old Bay New Music Ensemble Cover Illustration : Donghee Lim Dedication : Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez Duration : 7 minutes Conductor : Juliano Aniceto Flute : Lily Xie Oboe : Hailey Unger Clarinet : Dylan Rosenthal Saxophone : Nikolai Klotchkov Trumpet : Dillon Parker Bass trombone : Dylan Heid Percussion : Matt Boyle / Johnny Barker Harp : Sebastian Gobbels Piano : Sean McLaughlin Violin : Heeyun Cho Viola : Margaret Klucznik / Nikki Ponticelli Cello : Jihyeuk Choi Bass : Owen Boyd Composition Note Down the rabbit hole is the first scene from Alice in Wonderland. I was really inspired by not only the literature of Lewis Carroll but also by artworks, fashion, fine-dining, opera or motion picture that are inspired by it. Composition is divided into two part. The first half and the second half are drastically different in terms of timbre, register, regularity, gestures, harmonies and aesthetics. As a composer, I wanted to mix and blend the sound from both realm in my own language. So that I wanted to question the binary world that divides into two: * Reality vs Imagination / Realism vs Surrealism / Regularity vs Irregularity / High vs Low and so forth. I sketched the formal structure first, and started narrowing down one by one. It started from the highest register with very fragile sonic fabrication that eventually morphs into the deep and lowest but very devouring textures. Rabbit hole, in the mean time, also has a double meaning. It also means a complexly bizarre or difficult state or situation conceived of as a hole into which one falls or descends. So I wanted to express that by showing the strong pitch centricity to C that you will lose when you are actually going down the hole when towards the ending which you will sense by those descending gestures. Finally, I would love to express my deepest gratitude to Dr.Felipe Lara who supported me with not only compositional knowledge but also his office so that I could focus on composing. Also, I feel grateful for Maestro Juliano Ancieto and members of Old Bay New Music Ensemble for this amazing opportunities.
Abstraction 1 (Siren) for Sinfonietta - Young-Jun Lee
Abstraction I (Siren) for Sinfonietta. Composed by Young-Jun Lee Conducted by Luke Camarillo Performed by Graduate Composers' Sinfonietta Premiered November 10, 2021 YoungJun Lee, All right reserved Flute - Xander Day Oboe - Daniel Hirshbein Clarinet - Ethan Morad Bassoon - Megan Neuman Horn - Cristina Vieytez Trumpet - Nathan McKinstry Trombone - Zachary Berenbaum Tuba - Juan Alonso Percussions - Irene Yang / Daniel Davis Piano - Haniel Anugerah Harp - Sunshine Quan Violin 1 - Madeleine Nysetvold Violin 2 - Justin Zeitlinger Viola - James Marshall Cello - Cori Trenczer Bass - Owen McCready
Quarrel for violin and cello, Young-Jun Lee
Performed in Tremolo Center, Netanya, Israel Performed in Dec 31, 2019(World Premiere) Young-Jun Lee, copyright © 2019, All rights reserved Composer : Young-Jun Lee Performed by Ensemble L'Itineraire Violin : Anne Mercier Cello : Myrtille Hetzel Supported by Meitar Ensemble & CEME Festival [Program note] When I was writing this piece, I was really interested in the pattern that I found out in quarrel. Between lovers or any type of two people, argument or quarrel started with very small topics. When quarreling gets intense, people started yelling each other and started to become absurd. They brought many different topics from the past that are not even related to the topic of quarrel. The more they argue, the more they started not listening to each other. Most of the time, one of the person leaves the conversation because he or she found out that it doesn't make any sense to continue conversation. This piece doesn't contain specific contents of conversation. Instead, it is more focused on the format or pattern of quarreling.
Revelation for string Quartet - Young-Jun Lee
Performed in David Friend Recital Hall, Boston. Performance Date : January 29th, 2020 Young-Jun Lee, copyright © 2020, All rights reserved Composer : YoungJun Lee Performer : Mivos String Quartet *Olivia De Prato & Maya Bennardo : Violins *Victor Lowrie Tafoya : Viola *Tyler J.Borden : Cello "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." - Revelation 1:7
Rafflesia - Youngjun Lee
Performed in Theatro São Paulo Performed in Oct 12, 2019(South-American Premiere) Young-Jun Lee, copyright © 2019, All rights reserved Composer : YoungJun Lee Conductor : Christian-Frédéric Bloquert Piano : Leandro Roverso Clarinet : Luis Afonso Montanha Cello : Raïff Dantas Barreto Video by : Brendan Sweeney Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. And it is known as the world's largest flower. The flowers look and smell like rotting flesh, hence its local names which translate to "corpse flower" or "meat flower". The foul odor attracts insects such as flies, which transport pollen from male to female flowers.
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