Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Isang Yun (1917--1995) was born in Korea and became one of the most prominent advant-garde composers in the world. Yun's fundamental aim as a composer was to develop Korean music through Western means, combining East Asian performance practice with European instruments and expressing an Asian imagination in contemporary Western musical terms. He left two organ pieces, Tuyaux Sonores (1967) and Fragment fur Orgel, among his 100 works and these two works are representative of his organ music. This monograph will be organized as follows: Chapter I reviews his biographical sketch. Chapter II overviews influences on Yun's compositions. Chapter III is an analysis and performance application of his two organ compositions. The conclusion presents Yun's music and aesthetic. This monograph will present not only an analysis on the two organ pieces but also an examination of how Yun's study of Korean traditional instrumental techniques, Western avant-garde procedures, and oriental philosophy and ideology are reflected in these works. Fragment fur Orgel is a movement work of about 12 minutes and Tuyaux Sonores is also a single movement of 20 minutes.
Lee, Paul Seong, "The Organ Music of Isang Yun." (2001). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 414.