DONGRYUL LEE


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“Alluring, sparkling, thoughtful, and carefully crafted”

“깊은 생각과 장인 정신으로 빚어진, 매혹적이며 반짝이는 음악”
– Augusta Read Thomas (Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition)



Forthcoming: 
Over the Towers and Hours (In Memoriam Sir Harrison Birtwistle) (2021–23) for Orchestra
On a Winter’s Night a Traveler (The Deeply Learned Clavier) (2022-23) for solo piano, for Ariel Mo
Hyperion Song (2020) for soprano and 9 instruments, the Callithumpian Consort (postponed from 2021)

Described as “Entirely fresh yet somehow natural in its unfolding,” Seoul-born Chicago based composer Dongryul Lee seeks to write music that is deeply oriented around the acoustical nature of sounds and virtuosic classical performance practice, to create profound aural experiences with both dramaturgy and pathos. He finds inspirations in spiritual, literary, and scientific elements, encompassing a diverse range of topics from Borgesian poetics to Number Theory. Read full bio   소개글 읽기



TIMESTORY


1. Motuum Cælestium
2. Star  flies         over                 dark                            matter (at 9:56)

Commissioned by the Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago
The Grossman Ensemble, Vimbayi Kaziboni, conductor
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, December 3 2021





UNENDING ROSE

Excerpt from III-2. Cavatina: "that the Lord will show to my dead eyes"

A five movements / 45 minutes microtonal work for string quartet
Live Recording from the World Premiere, The Kairos Quartett
Oct 3 2020, Villa Elisabeth, Berlin, Germany



RESEARCH


A Thousand Bells: Acoustical Implementation of Bell Spectra Using the Finite Element Method and Its Compositional Realization (DMA dissertation, deposited in September 2020)


31 FEM (Finite Element Method) Bell sounds are now available to listen to on Research section:


Bell 002–an ideally optimized bell
Prime, Tierce, Quint, Nominal = 15/8, 9/7, 3/2, 7/4
Object function value = 0.0000017053


Bell 023–a non-octave bell with just major 7th prime with “pure” beatings
Prime, Tierce, Quint, Nominal = 16/15, 14/6, 16/11, 15/4
Object function value = 0.0013977


Bell 013–the bell sound material that is used in TIMESTORY, "Overtone Bell"
Prime, Tierce, Quint, Nominal = 15/8, 10/4, 3/2, 7/4
Object function value = 0.000033162
 


Lehr-Bell 001–a traditional minor-3rd bell from the undertone series
Prime, Tierce, Quint, Nominal = 9/5, 6/5, 3/2, 4
Object function value = 0.000033162




MEDIA



A finite island in the infinite ocean for solo violin, Miranda Cuckson
Fromm Concerts online at Harvard, April 16, 2021

Video Interview with Anne Shreffler and Miranda Cuckson,
Fromm Concerts online at Harvard, April 16, 2021


Le Tombeau de Harvey for solo piano, Ariel Mo
Live recording from the world premiere
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, January 2022

Le Tombeau de Harvey for solo piano, Balázs KÁLVIN, Bartók World Competition (first half only)
Finalist Gala ConcertGrand Hall, Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary, Nov 2018


Lessons on Light and Darkness for solo piano, Eugenia Jeong
Concert Stream – SOUND/SITES, A co-presentation of UChicago Presents and the Department of Music, Nov 2021

“Quaerendo Invenietis,” first movement from Unending Rose for string quartet
Nov 2018, Jupiter Quartet, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, US



Goethe's Garden for 2 pianos tuned a quarter tone apart
V. gleichsam auf einer geistigen Leiter–as on a spiritual ladder
The 21st Century Piano Competition Concert, Hanah Choi / Hanqian Zhu, piano, Krannert Center, Feb 2017

On Goethe's Garden
36 min. video lecture-presentation on Goethe's Garden, May 2021


Unsmeared, Like a Bodiless Horn for horn and cello
Matthew Oliphant, horn, Hannah Collins, cello
Commissioned by the Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago, Mar 2021


Dawn Chorus performed by Axiom Brass
Recording Session, University of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL, May 23, 2021





MUSIC w/ SCORE


“Quaerendo Invenietis,” first movement from Unending Rose (2017–2019, rev. 2021)
The Jupiter String Quartet, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Urbana, US, Nov 2018


Transcendentals (2015–16) for 19 instruments
I. ephemerals
II. organum
Illinois Modern Ensemble, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Conductor
Smith Recital Hall, Urbana, Nov 16, 2016



Parastrata (2015) for pierrot ensemble
2017 Conference Ensemble at Wellesley College, Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley, MA, July 2017


Quasi una macchina (2017, rev. 2021) for pierrot ensemble
I. air — passepied
II. tempo giusto; quasi una macchina
The Callithumpian Consort
SICPP at New England Conservatory, Boston, US, June 2018


Entanglement (2014) for alto saxophone and piano
Hyung-Ryoul Kim, alto saxophone
Tomoko Ono, piano

Urbana, US, April 2014


Unsmeared, like a bodiless horn for horn and cello
Concert Stream: Miniatures – Members of the Grossman Ensemble
March 12, 2021 | 7:30PM, Zoom webinar
Commissioned by the Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago


Lotus on Dense Orbit (2011)
for piano and computer-generated sound, ca. 13 min.
(The recording includes only the first half of music)
Brendan White, piano
Ciminelli Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, US, Oct 2011



an air oscillates the earth bells for three days for two guitars tuned a quarter-tone apart
3rd movement, “an air oscillates the earth bells for three days”
Sungmin Shin, Guitar 1 and 2, Studio Recording (2011)