Sejong Cultural Society
Andrew Ly
About Composer:

Inhwa SongInhwa Song was born in Kwangju, Korea, in 1986. After showing great interest in music from a young age, she began studying music composition while attending Junghwa Girls’ High School in Daegu, Korea. As a student at Junghwa, she won prizes from several local music composition competitions. Currently she is a fourth-year music composition major at the Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea. Recently Ms. Song has presented her music in several music composition recitals in Daegu, Seoul, and Japan.


Parangsae,” (literally “bluebird”) for piano solo, is based upon the traditional folk song “Sae-Ya, Sae-Ya,” or “Birds, Birds,” and divided into two parts.

The first part is a mix of contemporary music and Korean traditional styles. It begins with an F, Bb, C three-tone scale, followed by a Bb, C, D, E, F#, G# six-tone whole tonal scale. The piano accompaniment uses a traditional jajin-mori rhythm and takes its melody from abstracting parts of “Sae-Ya, Sae-Ya.” The second part uses a contrasting rhythm against the first by emphasizing emotional and melodic styles and through utilizing different counterpoints.