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Uzong Choe
Uzong Choe, born in 1968 in Seoul, Korea, studied composition and theory of music at Seoul National University, at Mozarteum in Salzburg, and at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

He is presently professor for composition and theory of music at Seoul National University and the artistic director of Ensemble TIMF (Tong Yeong International Music Festival) which concentrates on the contemporary music of the 21st century. His works have ranged over a wide variety of musical styles and aesthetic standpoints - from early music even to musical comedies. His recent works reflect clearly his intensive research in European polyphony, Korean traditional music and music-theater.

"Im Himmel gegraben" is a song about the soul of deceased people. It is based on three different repertoires from different musical styles: "Officium defunctorum" by C. Morales, "Der Doppelgänger" by Franz Schubert and the Si-Jo, a Korean traditional song form. One of the common characteristics of these traditional repertoires, to which the piece is mainly related, is a repeated sound which changes its color without changing the pitch.