With the creation of our video channel, we intend to gradually make accessible to the visitors of our website the most exemplary recordings of Isang Yun’s compositions (see the video clips in the catalogue of works), as well as introductions to his works, and our concerts at the Yun-Haus Berlin. If you have the impression that your rights are being violated, please let us know.
In notation and sound, here is a recording of String Quartet VI, which took place in April 1992 after a rehearsal of the Amati Quartet in Berlin with and in the presence of Isang Yun. We put this online so that those interested can study the performance of the dynamic indications and other specifications of the notation.
The Annual General Meeting of our members will take place on Sunday, 7 November 2021 at 11 a. m. in Berlin: Universität der Künste, Fasanenstr. 1B, Joseph-Joachim-Zimmer (Fa 208). We will assume the current hygiene regulations (2-3 G). A lift to the 2 floor is available.
Live-Stream VI “Henrik Wiese – Mischa Meyer”: Sunday, 5 December 2021, 2 p.m.
J. S. Bach – Isang Yun
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite II d minor, BWV 1008 Isang Yun: “Chinese Pictures” for flute solo (1993); “East-West-Miniatures” for flute and violoncello (1994). Henrik Wiese (flute), Mischa Meyer (violoncello).
Live-Stream VII “Isang Yun and the Viola”: Sunday, 16 January 2022, 4 p. m.
Isang Yun and the Viola
Duo for Viola and Piano (1976) – “Contemplation“ for two violas (1988). A Concert with Hwayoon Lee and Hartmut Rohde (viola), Daniel Seroussi (piano), Walter-Wolfgang Sparrer (moderation in German)
Live-Stream II: “Contrasts”. Solo-Recital Hartmann (violin) with works by Tzvi Avni, Hindemith, Yun, and J. S. Bach. Sunday, 16 May 2021, 5 p.m.
Live-Stream I: “Spring Concert”: Márton Végh (flute) und Daniel Seroussi (piano) play works by Mozart (Sonata C Major KV 14), Isang Yun (for flutee: Der Affenspieler, Der Eremit am Wasser + Five Pieces for Piano) and Beethoven (Serenade op. 41). Duo-Recital from 21 March 2021
Duration of our concerts or introductory lectures in the Yun House Berlin: about one hour. Due to the current situation, we will have to keep the social distancing, so that we can invite only a few guests. Masks must be worn until the seats are taken. We ask you to register in advance. Entrance is free, donations are welcome. Pre-registration to:
Walter-Wolfgang Sparrer “Isang Yun: His Life and Work in Pictures” (German, Korean, English)
Isang Yun: His Life and Work in Pictures 윤이상. 사진으로보는인생과예술 Isang Yun. Leben und Werk im Bild
Hardcover, 304 Seiten, dreisprachig (deutsch, koreanisch, englisch), 24 x 32 cm, 48 Euro Erstveröffentlichung: März 2020 Verlag: wolke, Wickerer Weg 19, 65719 Hofheim am Taunus, ISBN 978-3-95593-117-9 (Buchhandel) ISMN 979-0-2025-8103-2 (Musikalienhandel)
This book is the first pictorial monograph about the Korean-German composer Isang Yun, who was born in southern Korea in 1917 and died in Berlin in 1995. It was first in Germany, with influence from what around 1960 was then the avant-garde that he developed an individual musical language of his own. A little later Yun was drawn into the field of tension between political advocacy motivated by humanitarian, societal concerns and responding to ideological incitement, between imprisonment, torture, and reparation. It was in his compositional work that he found a place of refuge. His music proceeds from the primacy of melody and the sustained tone, which he found preformed in the traditional music of his native Korea and then succeeded in developing heterophonically and spatially. The resultant works were characterized by unusual intensity and rich tone colors.
Die erste Bild-Monografie über den koreanisch-deutschen Komponisten Isang Yun, der 1917 im Süden Koreas geboren wurde und 1995 in Berlin gestorben ist. Erst in Deutschland fand er unter dem Einfluss der damaligen Avantgarde um 1960 zu seiner eigenen, individuellen Musiksprache. Wenig später wurde Yun in das Spannungsfeld hineingezogen zwischen politischer Parteinahme aus humanitären, gesellschaftlichen Motiven und ideologischer Verhetzung, zwischen Haft, Folter und Wiedergutmachung. In der kompositorischen Arbeit fand er einen Zufluchtsort. Seine Musik geht aus vom Primat des Melodischen und des lang gezogenen Tons, den er in der traditionellen Musik seiner Heimat vorgefunden hatte und den er heterophon zu vervielfältigen und zu verräumlichen verstand. Entstanden sind Werke von ungewöhnlicher Intensität und klangfarblichem Reichtum.
Dominik Sustek has recorded an extraordinarily colorful CD with works by Younghi Pagh-Paan and Isang Yun at the organ of the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne. This is the first new recording after years of the Tuyaux sonores (1967) composed for Gerd Zacher and the Fragment (1975), which was also written for Zacher, but dedicated to Pastor Martin Hoberg and the Gemeinde of Hamburg-Wellingsbüttel, whose children had supported the liberation of Isang Yun with paintings and letters. Available from the Are-Verlag Cologne, info[et]are-verlag.de
Isang Yun und das Cello
Collected Works for Violoncello and Piano (Adele Bitter, Holger Groschopp) – Isang Yun talking (Salzburg Lectures, 1993, in conversation with Luise Rinser, 1976). Cybele KiG 011 (4 SACD)
Fascinated by a Single Tone: Yun – Scelsi (flute music)