The gift of music

German School of Music violin professor Viktoria Kaunzner poses with students and donates her new CDs Ja(zz)smine Rice - Violin Mysteries and Wild Bird to be added to the GSM library. (Photo: Chun Min Ji)

German School of Music violin professor Viktoria Kaunzner poses with students and donates her new CDs Ja(zz)smine Rice – Violin Mysteries and Wild Bird to be added to the GSM library.
(Photos: Chun Min Ji)

Earlier today the German School of Music received a gift of music to be added to their library.

In a brief ceremony at the German School of Music, violin professor Viktoria Kaunzner presented a donation of her own recordings and their scores in addition to those by German pianist and composer Daniel Seel and Romanian pianist and composer Violeta Dinescu.

Included in the substantial bundle were two CDs released by Kaunzner just last month: her solo debut Ja(zz)smine Rice: Violin Mysteries (Solo Musica Label, Munich) and Wild Bird (Oehms Classics).

In spring 2015 German School of Music violin professor Viktoria Kaunzner released two CDs: Ja(zz)smine Rice: Violin Mysteries (Solo Musica Label, Munich) and Wild Bird with harpist Anna Viechtl (Oehms Classics).

Last month German School of Music violin professor Viktoria Kaunzner released two CDs: Ja(zz)smine Rice: Violin Mysteries (Solo Musica Label, Munich) and Wild Bird with harpist Anna Viechtl (Oehms Classics).

From Dinescu the GSM library received compositions for violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano — all instruments taught at the school. Professor Kaunzner describes Dinescu’s music as “derived from the roots of Romanian folk music transferred into particular ethnomusical settings in various musical forms.” Two CDs by Dinescu were also included in the donation.

Seel donated his scores for string quartets as well as duos for violin and cello. “His music is witty, deep and experimental,” Kaunzner remarks, “and is inspired by traditional Korean instruments as well as acoustical space. He has deep insights about Korean traditional music.”

German School of Music violin professor Viktoria Kaunzner poses with students and presents a donation of music from Romanian composer Violeta Dinescu to be added to the GSM library. (Photo: Chun Min Ji)

German School of Music violin professor Viktoria Kaunzner poses with students and presents a donation of music from German composer Daniel Seel and Romanian composer Violeta Dinescu to be added to the GSM library.

“All instrumental players from former times,” says Kaunzner, “all composed their own music.” She laments such a practice “is forgotten today.” She hopes donations such as the one made by Seel, Dinescu and herself will “awaken [students’] creativity” and “inspire them to compose and improvise” their own works.

Kaunzner, Seel, and Dinescu will soon make a similar donation to the library at Kangnam University’s Department of Music.

Charles Ian Chun

Editor and web designer, The Kangnam Hakbo (English). Instructor, Department of Liberal Arts.

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