Traditional Korean Melodies for Two Flutes by Gary Schocker
Taryeong is a specific type of Korean folk music. It originated in villages, and characteristically repeats sounds and words, expressing the longings of the average person. Gyeong-Bog Gung is one of the largest palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty(1392-1897). This piece was written as a criticism during the palace’s reconstruction and expansion, depicting a growing disparity between the common people and the royal family. Geumgangsan is a mountain located in North Korea noted for its’ scenic beauty and popularity with tourists. This beautiful mountain has a different name in each season; this taryeong sings of its beauty during the spring. Nampo is a city and seaport located in North Korea, and the song details a typical day in a fishing village. Taryeong..this piece was not originally meant for singing, and is instead a lively dance piece.
Gary Schocker has arranged four Korean ta-ryeong folk songs for two flutes; a specific type of Korean folk music that originated in villages and characteristically repeats sounds and words, expressing the longings of an average person.