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Isang Yun (1917-1995) and Toshio Hosokawa (b. 1955) are East Asian composers with European musical backgrounds. Yun, a Korean born composer, and Hosokawa, a Japanese born composer, were in a healthy, mentor-student relationship when Hosokawa studied with Yun at Der Hochschule der Künste. They were interested in the traditional court music of each of their motherlands, Korea and Japan. They explored the infusion of that genre with elements of German avant-garde music. Their attempts successfully fascinated European people and they developed great reputations as composers in Europe. The purpose of this treatise is to offer an analysis and comparison of their piano trios, Trio für Violine, Violoncello und Klavier (1972/75) by Isang Yun and Memory (In Memory of Isang Yun) for violin, violoncello and piano (1996) by Toshio Hosokawa. It is hoped that performers who read this treatise will have a better understanding of the compositional methods and styles found in their music, and perform with fine nuance and a deeper commitment. This treatise provides a biographical sketch of Isang Yun, characteristics of Yun’s compositional style, and characteristics of Korean court music in Chapter 1. A biography of Toshio Hosokawa, the characteristics of his compositional style, and characteristics of Japanese court music are presented in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, the researcher offers an analysis of the two piano trios. Lastly, a brief comparison of the two pieces and a summary are presented in the conclusion.
A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Valerie M. Trujillo, Professor Directing Treatise; Joseph Kraus, University Representative; Timothy Hoekman, Committee Member; Iain Quinn, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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