Structural Analysis of Hyo-Won Woo’s Cum Sancto Spiritu

James Sterling Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Jeffrey Gillespie Butler University
Hyo-Won Woo is associated with blending choral music with traditional Korean techniques, and her setting of the Catholic Gloria is a compelling example of the fusion. Analyzing the piece from either perspective individually limits the ability to understand the composition. Contrasting elements like Korean’s gyemyenjo with the Western imitative counterpoint consistently through both A sections builds suspense and continuity. The first A section emphasizes the Korean model through a large emphasis on motive x, the A' section highlights a Western call and response of several “amen”s, and the B section represents an ideal balance of both cultures. Woo’s organization of the various structural components develops a tension formed by the union of two different cultures.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:00 AM
Lilly Hall 141