Portfolio of Compositions

  • Jinseok Choi

Student thesis: Phd


This portfolio consists of six pieces produced during my doctoral programme: Arirang for string quartet (2018), Reverberation after Movement for solo oboe and chamber orchestra (2019), Space for solo viola (2019), Note-Play for viola and orchestra (2020), Chameleon for large orchestra (2020) and Duo for violin and piano (2021), plus a commentary offering detailed explication as to the research undertaken in order to compose these pieces. The commentary is divided into two parts. Part 1 presents the author’s musical background, research aims for the doctoral programme, and important compositional techniques employed in the portfolio, the imitation of Korean instrumental playing techniques on Western instruments, twelve-note chords inspired by LutosA‚awski, and the use of short blocks inspired by Stravinsky, as well as the use and integration of Korean folk music in my work. Part 2 comprises seven chapters, and each chapter (Chapters 1 to 6) discusses in depth how the compositional techniques and research introduced in Part 1 were explored in each piece. Chapter 7 (the general conclusion) deals with how much my compositional techniques evolved through the portfolio, and discusses how new compositional approaches developed from previous ones.
Date of Award1 Aug 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorPhilip Grange (Supervisor) & Camden Reeves (Supervisor)

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