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    Too simple, sorry. Somebody said 'everything good in her is Ligeti' and he might be correct. Delicate moments that do take advantage of the simplicity (for example the very opening of the cello concerto) are too far and few.
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    The simplicity is illusory. Amid the seeming repetitions of ostinatos in her music are constantly shifting pulse and varied phrase structure, and even those ostinatos are rarely maintained literally for very long. The penchant for polyrhythms and dislike of academicism may connect her to her teacher, but her sonority and sense of larger form are independent of Ligeti's, as, despite the outward affinities, is her rhythm.

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    Her new orchestral work, "Mannequin", can be listened to here:
    https://beta.prx.org/stories/164229
    (it starts at 29:50)

    And here's some info about the piece:
    http://www.boosey.com/pages/cr/catal...57352&langid=1

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    Unsuk Chin is the composer with greater technical that I see in a score (Ferneyhough has not). I love her music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orphein View Post
    Her new orchestral work, "Mannequin", can be listened to here:
    https://beta.prx.org/stories/164229
    (it starts at 29:50)

    And here's some info about the piece:
    http://www.boosey.com/pages/cr/catal...57352&langid=1
    Thank you.
    I have heard it before great music. It is nice to like a composer that is alive and will probably not die within the next 10 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alypius View Post
    Countdown to the (US) release of her new record: 21 days. According to the cover, it's her Cello Concerto, Piano Concerto, and another work (Su for Sheng and Orchestra). I gather a sheng is a traditional Chinese wind instrument (image below). Initially I thought it would going to be a concerto for the zheng -- a quite beautiful Chinese zither.



    Good to see that Myung-Whun Chung is conducting. Here's hoping it's great.

    I heard Su on radio yesterday. The first time ever I heard music by Unsuk Chin on radio. Not a work I like very much but possible to listen through without feeling that it is bad music and better than much else music.

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    A promotional video concerning Unsuk Chin's recent work, Le Silence des Sirènes (2014). It includes an interview with the composer (in German) and rehearsal clips.

    You can hear the whole work here: https://vimeo.com/142247260

    It'd be much appreciated if anyone could find a transcript of the text.
    Last edited by Blancrocher; Dec-14-2016 at 16:40.

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    She's on my list of living composers whose every premiere I want to know about, and hear as soon as possible, for I'm sure that inevitably it will represent some kind of advance or development in her oeuvre

    Others on that list:

    Per Norgard
    Gyorgy Kurtag
    Marc-Andre Dalbavie
    Pascal Dusapin
    Kaija Saariaho
    Sofia Gubaidulina
    Valentin Silvestrov
    Pawel Szymanski
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    I enjoyed playing Cantatrix Sopranica
    Someday, something will come out of anything.

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    A third of the latest issue of Music & Literature (volume 8) is devoted to Unsuk Chin. See http://www.musicandliterature.org/no-8

    Music and Literature is a really interesting and worthwhile publication that merits the attention of contemporary music listeners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blancrocher View Post


    A promotional video concerning Unsuk Chin's recent work, Le Silence des Sirènes (2014). It includes an interview with the composer (in German) and rehearsal clips.

    You can hear the whole work here: https://vimeo.com/142247260

    It'd be much appreciated if anyone could find a transcript of the text.
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    I've been listening to Chin's music quite a lot recently and I'm really enjoying it! The Akrostichon-Wortspiel is simply marvelous, and the concertos have a lot of potential to enter the international repertoire - I hope it happens soon, I want to hear her music live... One of my personal favourites is her strange quintet (trumpet, trombone, two percussions and piano) called Fantaisie mécanique. Great stuff!

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    I got really excited when saw this thread and thought it was about Chin sucking.

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    Recently published interview with the composer, on the eve of a premiere of a piece for voice and orchestra written for Barbara Hannigan, conducted by Simon Rattle:

    http://www.musicandliterature.org/fe...unsuk-chin?utm

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