March 31, 2003 | Press Release

Musical première at the Grand Opening

At the official opening of the new building of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock on March 31, 2003 the numerous guests from Germany and abroad will experience the première of a composition that was commissioned specially for this occasion. It is called "Capriccio: Music Inspired by the Flood Tide of Demographic Change".

The composer, Hyojung Jeoung from South Korea, studies at the College of Music and Theater in Rostock. Her composition will be performed by members of the college's "Ensemble Neue Musik". The ensemble consists of Tomoko Ozaki (piccolo), Shunsuke Haruyama (clarinet), Johannes Engel (trumpet), Martin Mempel (trombone), and Kee-Guan Ng (percussion). The ensemble is directed by Edith Salmen.

Hyojung Jeoung: biographical data

Born on May 27, 1972 in Seoul, South Korea Education 1988 - 1991High school attendance in Seoul1992 - 1996Studies at the University of AnYang, Seoul. Major field: composition with Prof. Dr. David Koo1997 - 2001Additional diploma studies at Conservatorio "G. Rossini" in Pesaro, Italy. Major field: composition with Prof. Aldo Sardosince 2002Graduate studies in composition at the College of Music and Theater in Rostock with Prof. Peter Manfred Wolf Catalog of works 1994"Variation on Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony" for orchestra1996"Quintetto for Strings and Piano 'The Capture of Jesus' (from the Bible)"1999"Prologo" for woodwinds and piano2001"Composition for Two Minutes" for two oboes and piano, inspired by episodes of "Tom and Jerry"2002"Aquarium Suite" for clarinet and viola2003"Il gioco di nascondino" for piano and drums

Hyojung Jeoung on her composition "Capriccio: Music Inspired by the Flood Tide of Demographic Change"

"In this piece I express my thoughts with piccolo, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and drums in free rhythm. This results in a type of capriccio style (which is the title of my composition). I attempt here to support the tone color and quality of the instruments with the rhythmic structure - or even to create this quality by means of the rhythm, which is intended to express fun and joy. The rhythmic models are used by each instrument in the same manner, i.e. they are employed in all instruments uniformly. In the way they are combined and layered on top of each other, however, the rhythms never allow the impression to arise that they are forced or constructively put-together patterns. Rather, they give the impression of reacting instinctively to one another and of arising through improvisation on the part of the musicians."

CD

The composition "Capriccio: Music inspired by the Flood Tide of Demographic Change" is available on CD (recorded on March 20, 2003 in the Katharinensaal of the College of Music and Theater in Rostock, recording engineer: Carsten Storm).

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.