Sammlung Younghi Pagh-Paan
Younghi Pagh-Paan (b. 1945)
The Paul Sacher Foundation has recently acquired a new collection of documents on contemporary music: the musical manuscripts of the composer Younghi Pagh-Paan. The collection of sketches, drafts, and fair copies of Pagh-Paan's works will be supplemented with further documents on an ongoing basis and immediately made available to scholars at the Foundation's archive in Basel.
Younghi Pagh-Paan was born in South Korea in 1945. In 1974 she traveled on a scholarship to Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, where she studied with Klaus Huber, Brian Ferneyhough, and Edith Picht-Axenfeld. From 1994 to 2011 she was professor of composition at Bremen University of the Arts. Her artistic breakthrough came with her orchestral work Sori, premièred at the Donaueschingen Festival in 1980. Since then her works have been heard at international festivals and commissioned by leading institutions. Younghi Pagh-Paan's music is noted for its social and political commitment and its reflection of eastern and western philosophies. An uncompromisingly progressive composer, she also incorporates the tradition and thought of her native country into her music and achieves manifestations of existential force in music generally of chamber-music concentration.