P o r t f o l i o

Prismatic - Piano Concerto

2008, 15 mins - picc, fl, ob, cl, bcl, bn, hn, trp, trb, 2perc, hp, strings & piano

 

Prismatic - Sungji Hong
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Transfiguration - Alto Fute Concerto with Electronics

2017, 15 mins - for piccolo, oboe, clarinet/Bass clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello and solo alto flute with electronics

Audio Recording and Score of the 2nd movement

II. As the Sun and as the Light (2nd movement)

 

The inspiration for this piece is based on Icon of the Transfiguration (Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow) by Theophanes the Greek (1340 – c. 1410), a Byzantine Greek artist and one of the greatest icon painters of Muscovite Russia.

 

Transfiguration lasts about 15 minutes and it is scored for piccolo, oboe, clarinet/Bass clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello and solo alto flute with electronics. The concerto, in two movements, It was first performed by Royal College of Music Contemporary Ensemble, Michael Oliva (electronics) and Carla Rees (alto flute) under direction of Matthew Hardy in Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall at the Royal College of Music in London on 20 January 2017.

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Royal College of Music Contemporary Ensemble

Alto Fute: Carla Rees

Electronics: Michael Oliva

Conductor: Matthew Hardy

Venue: Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, London/UK.

20 January 2017

 

Descending Flow - Gayageum Concerto

2005, 9 mins - flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass and gayageum

Descending Flow - Sungji Hong
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Descending Flow consists of three continuous sections and is based largely on an endlessly-repeated note ‘C’ which is constantly coloured by various instrumental combinations and timbral changes. Each of the three strings C3, C4 (middle C) and C5 of a 12-stringed Gayageum is used in turn to give structure to the music in each of the three sections, whilst the ensemble plays descending flows of rapid notes around these Cs. This is especially so for the middle C, since that is a central note for tuning the Gayageum and acts as the central pitch of the middle section, which is proportionally the longest and most important in this work.

 

This piece is scored for Gayageum and ensemble (flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, violoncello and double bass) and was composed during the spring of 2005. It was commissioned by the International Isang Yun Music Society in Germany and was first performed by the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin and Jiyoung Yi on 24 September 2005 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Germany. It lasts for 9 minutes.

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Gayageum: Jiyoung Yoo

Ensemble Avantgarde

Conductor: Steffen Schleiermacher

Venue: Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (Mendelssohn-Saal), Leipzig/Germany.

23 November 2005

 

Prismatic commissioned piece by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra consists of seven continuous sections. The piece opens with trills and agile motifs on the woodwind, and soon it falls into a sustained pitch ‘A’ which is transformed through different instrumental combinations and techniques. This long, coloured pitch ‘A’ is abruptly interrupted and plunges into the low register where it wavers in the dark and rich tones.

 

A descending gesture of the piano and the orchestra, which mirrors the ascending scales played by the woodwind in the opening bar, gradually establishes itself as a prominent figure and later leads the piece to a dramatic climax where the whole orchestra creates an enormous sound-world like a monolith. After a big climax, intimate and rhythmical section begins with a piano solo. This grows into a duo with vibraphone and into small ensemble groups. Here the tempo marks becomes notably slower than previous sections.

 

A use of minor 3rd becomes prominent in a tranquil section where a shimmering-like gesture is heard. This tranquil section has only a growing dynamics until it reaches to the very last section of the work.

In the final section, the piano is very fast and flashing in the highest register. Here a huge contrast is heard between high and low instrumental groups.

 

Prismatic was composed between June 2007 and August 2008 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It lasts about 15 minutes and is scored for solo piano and 21 performers. It was first performed by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Sooyeon Lim under the direction of Roland Kluttig in Sejong Chamber Hall, Seoul on 25 October 2008.

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Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Piano: Sooyeon Lim

Conductor: Roland Kluttig

Venue: Sejong Chamber Hall, Seoul/Korea.

25 October 2008

 

Audio Recording and Score

 

As the Sun as the Light - Sungji Hong
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Audio Recording and Score

Bisbiglio - Ensemble

2011, 7 mins - flute, Bb clarinet and piano

The title Bisbiglio (whispering) reflects the behaviour of the music in the work. In Bisbiglio, emphasis was given to structural development and morphological coherence throughout the work. The piece is characterized by recurring elements that function as structural material for the development of the work.

 

Bisbiglio was completed in July 2011 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It lasts about 7 minutes and is scored for flute, Bb clarinet and piano. The work was written for the International Contemporary Music Festival in Cyprus to be performed by Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble.

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Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble

Venue: The Shoe Factory, Nicosia/Cyprus.

16 September 2011

 

Bisbiglio - Sungji Hong
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