Composer: Kyungtaek Kim / arr. Se-Mi Hwang
Instrument: Marimba with voice
Soarirang is originally composed for percussion ensemble, piri (a Korean double reed instrument) and taepyeongso by Kyungtaek Kim who is a Korean composer and percussionist. When South Korea successfully submitted the song for inclusion on the UNESCO list in 2012, Se-Mi Hwang arranged and added the piece with Arirang melody for solo Marimba.
Arirang is a Korean folk song and the lyrics which the player sings at the end of the piece mean:
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo
Crossing over Arirang Pass.
The one who abandoned me
Shall not walk even 4 kilometers(10 li) before their feet hurt.
About the composer +
Se-Mi Hwang was born in South Korea, lives in Stuttgart, Germany and currently lecturer at the University of Music in Mannheim, Germany.
As a percussionist, Ms. Hwang regularly performs all over the world, for example in South Korea, several European countries, Turkey, New Zealand, the USA, Fiji, Zambia, and Botswana. She performs with many orchestras, as ensemble and as soloist. During the Stuttgart Music Festival, she performed at several concerts with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tan Dun, and as a soloist with the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra.
She won important competitions such as World Marimba Competition and International Percussion Competition in Luxembourg among others.
She commenced the percussion program at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Marta Klimasara, receiving a Master of Arts and Konzert-Examen Degree. She holds a Master in Orchestral Conducting from the same university.
Ms. Hwang is a renowned educator with the ability to develop, enhance and coach students and ensembles to the top of their talents. For several years she has worked with young musicians, preparing them for concerts and competitions at festivals and in workshops, both as an educator and as a juror.
Se-Mi Hwang also plays the piano, flute, and violin. She proudly endorses Yamaha, Vic Firth and Zildjian.
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