Tuesday, March 25, 2008
On Isang Yun
I am researching the life and music of Isang Yun, the revered classical composer (born in Korea, 1917. died in Germany, 1995) who was exiled to Germany upon suspicion of espionage and released years later after worldwide protests led by composer Igor Stravisnky, among others. This research is for a composition course I have created for the Fall 2008 when I return from my sabbatical. It is a themed course on Political Music. Among other highlighted artists and themes the course will examine: Beethoven (in the Napoleonic Era), Nationalistic Music, Anthems and Revolution (touching briefly on all continents), Festivals and their impact, war protest music of the 1960's, punk rock of the 1970's, rap music of the 1990's, and some contemporary artists as well.