UC San Diego's Department of Music

April 10, 2017

  Distinguished Professor Chinary Ung recently spoke with Relevant Tones about his decades of work as a composer for the program's Composer Spotlight podcast series. After arriving in New York City to study clarinet at the Manhattan School of Music in 1964, Ung immersed himself in western music from the times of Ludwig van Beethoven and Gustav Mahler onward. Before long, Ung shifted his focus from clarinet to composition and went on to write notable pieces like Grand Spiral (Desert Flowers Bloom), Oracle, Singing Inside Aura and more.

Ung describes his move from Cambodia to the United States and the music he studied once in New York City that directly influenced his work as a composer. Interspersed between interview segments are performances of the three pieces mentioned above, with brief descriptions of the pieces provided by Ung. To learn more about Ung and listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here.

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