Inhye Cho

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

Joseph Rackers


Isang Yun (1917-1995) is a well-known Korean-German contemporary classical composer known for incorporating both East Asian and Western musical elements in his music. Despite his fame in Germany, he had little recognition in other countries including his home country, South Korea when he was alive.

Korean composer Unsuk Chin (b.1961) is one of the leading female contemporary composers of the 21st century living in Germany. After being awarded famous international prizes, her compositions gradually became well-known for combining her own musical style with other art forms.

This study provides a biography and background of these two composers and their music. Chapter 1 introduces both composers and a brief history of Korea in the 1900s. Chapter 2 and 3 contains Isang Yun’s biography and a description of his musical style as well as descriptive analysis of his Five Pieces for Piano. Chapter 4 and 5 contains a biography of Unsuk Chin and description of her musical style as well as an analysis of her Piano Etude No.1 in C.


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