Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

School of Music

Sub-Department

Music Performance

First Advisor

Joseph Rackers

Abstract

This study concerns the development of contemporary music by three generations of Korean composers, including Isang Yun, Young Jo Lee, and U Zong Choe, focusing on stylistic analyses of selected piano works by each composer: Fünf Stücke für Klavier by Isang Yun, Korean Dance Suite by Young Jo Lee, and 12 Preludes pour piano by U Zong Choe. The study provides an overview of the history of Western contemporary music in Korea and biographical information of each composer. It also describes and analyzes the style influences and characteristics of these composers‟ output. The analyses include examinations of Western techniques and traditional Korean elements in each composer‟s selected piano works.

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