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My dissertation, DahnGoon for orchestra, is for a relatively small-size orchestra with a harp and a quite extended percussion group. The title of the piece is adopted from well-known Korean traditional myth, DahnGoon. This myth tells us how ancient Korea was founded, and what was the important spirit for the foundation of the country. There was God in heaven, and his son, named Hwan-Woong. Hwan-Woong wanted to go to the earth to help the people and all of nature to have better lives. God allowed his son to go down as a king of the land with several important other gods of agriculture such as wind, rain, and cloud. One day, a bear and a tiger wanted to be human, so they pleaded to Hwan-Woong to turn them into humans. Hwan-Woong gave them garlic and artemisia with one condition: Eat only these for one hundred days without seeing any daylight. The tiger was the failure and the bear, who was the winner, became a beautiful woman named Woong-Nyo. The son of God, Hwan-Woong and Woong-Nyo married, and they had a son named DahnGoon, who was the founder of ancient Korea.
A Dissertation submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Ladislav Kubik, Professor Directing Dissertation; André Thomas, Outside Committee Member; Jane Piper Clendinning, Committee Member; James Mathes, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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