"rare yet soft" explores the subtlety of quoted thematic material from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 Adagietto. The piece has three sections when each quote is introduced in a different context. At the end, the piece shows how subtle influence of this quotation can affect the overall shape of the piece. This piece is dedicated the composer’s beloved father, Soon Bong Choi.
Kyong Mee Choi, composer, organist, painter, and visual artist, received several prestigious awards and grants including John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Robert Helps Prize, Aaron Copland Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, First prize of ASCAP/SEAMUS Award, Second prize at VI Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo among others. Her music was published at CIMESP (São Paulo, Brazil), SCI, EMS, ERM media, SEAMUS, and Détonants Voyages (Studio Forum, France). She is the Head of Music Composition and an Associate Professor of Music Composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago where she teaches composition and electro-acoustic music. Samples of her works are available at http://www.kyongmeechoi.com.