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Younghi Pagh-Paan. Auf dem Weg zur musikalischer Symbiose / On the Way to a Musical Symbiosis

Schott Music, Mainz, Germany

In eleven contributions by acclaimed authors, the composer Younghi Pagh-Paan will for the first time be the subject of a comprehensive portrait focusing on her work, biography and educational role. Hailing from a working-class family in South Korea, Pagh-Paan became the first female professor of composition in Germany leaving her mark on countless young composers through her extraordinary dedication.

Since the late 1950s, when Korean composer Isang Yun completed his training in Berlin and remained in Germany, the East-West theme in compositional work has been a focus of attention in musicology. The theme also plays a central role in most of the essays in this volume on Pagh-Paan, who spent the first 28 years of her life in Korea, studied composition there and, after obtaining her master's degree, ventured abroad to continue her studies in Freiburg from 1974 onwards. The interpretations are as varied as the terms used: Pagh-Paan's way of combining the two cultural worlds and traditions in her work is compared to the technique of transcription and is understood as transcultural, intercultural or as a "third space".

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