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Hae-Sung Lee

Hae-Sung Lee studied at the Ewha Women's University and continued her study at the
"Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst" in Wien, where she received her diploma in
1990. She won the first prize in the Berlin competition of chamber music and guitar with the
work Bam (1989) and received the scholarship of Ewha Women's University, the Alban Berg
scholarship and the scholarship of Vienna University. Besides, Hae-Sung Lee was selected as
a scholarship student by the Wagner Bayreuther Festspiele (1990). Currently a professor of
composition at Kyung Won University, she holds memberships of the Association for
perspective music, the Contemporary Music Society in Seoul and the Korean society of
Women Composers. She is a board member of ISCM Korean section.


In Korean, "Goyoh" means "stillness". Generally speaking, a piece for two instruments takes
a contrapuntal or a homophonic cue. But, in Goyoh, clear differences in tone-colour take the
form "moderation" as if inferring from one instrument rather than subordinating or inferring
a mutually independent relationship. It would seem that human beings would have much
easier time finding "Goyoh" in nature than in the city. But, in fact, inner "Goyoh" can only
be found within one's inner self as it has nothing to do with one's location. In order to
express the state of mind which neither leans or inclines toward one side nor goes beyond or
comes short, the piece was completed in the following way: 1) It was based on the pitch-level
of two instruments and 2) To enable easier reading of the notes, green was used to denote the
cello and red was used to represent the piano. This piece makes it impossible for performers
of both instruments to perform only by looking at the individual part-note. Rather, it demands
the performer to play only by closely listening to each other's sound. Trough this piece, the
notion of 'No way out for those who do not think!' is carved in sound.