Hypochondriasis (2015)by Nahyun Kim (b.1979)
Jenny Lin, piano - July 22, 2015 - Valencia, Spain
Hypochondriasis refers to worry about having a serious illness, also known as health phobia or illness anxiety disorder. In hypochondriasis, the patient doubts and distrusts the doctors’ diagnosis, and a doctor’s reassurance about their complete medical evaluation is unconvincing. The piece depicts the patients’ feelings such as fear, anxiety and disbelief. The rhythmic and thematic (including specific pitch sets) materials represent this emotional complexity in the context of “doctor shopping.” Many short musical gestures are agitated, fugitive, and aggressive, yet they are also emotional, expressive and dramatic. These active motions seek a solution. Each of the six short movements contain their own motivic ideas, but are always unified to a central point, positive desire of mind that is represented by a certain pitch such as D#.
Nahyun Kim composes in a complex and unique modern idiom, combining set theory with engaging rhythmic profiles and romantic sensibility. Through numerous conferences and festivals, her works have gained recognition in Ukraine, Italy, China, France, Korea, and throughout the United States. In addition, Dr. Kim’s string quartet, Iracundia won competitions and received performances at the 2014 PUBLIQ Access Showcase Concert in New York City and at the 2013 Kiev New Music Festival. As a scholar, she presented her research paper, “Development of the Original Korean Musical,” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Currently she is an adjunct assistant professor at Kansas City Kansas Community College where teaches music theory, piano and composition. As a composer in residence for Grande Gioia Music in Seoul, Korea, she is appointed to work on an opera based on traditional Korean themes, which will be completed and performed in 2017. Dr. Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Master of Arts in Music Composition from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied composition with Sheila Silver. She completed a doctorate in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where her primary teachers included Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy and James Mobberley. In addition she has participated in master classes and had additional lessons with Christopher Theofanidis, Dmitri Tymoczko, Mario Garuti, Akira Nishimura, Louis Karchin, Fabien Levy, Stephen Hartke, Alvin Singleton, Christopher Rouse, Claude Baker, Paul Lansky, John Psathas, and Ezra Laderman.