For piano solo (1971)
I wrote this piece while I was a student at Seoul National University in 1971, for my fellow student Yoon-Jung Kim. She performed it for the first time at my master’s concert in the same year.
PAMUN (the Korean word for water circles) was the last composition I completed in Korea to this day.
When I take a walk around a pond and, lost in my thoughts, toss a pebble into the water, it creates soft circles (PAMUN) on the water’s surface.
If I toss a second pebble into the whirl, a new set of circles is formed. The water circles touch each other, overlap each other, grow apart. After a while, they will fade, returning the water to its state of peace.
his piano piece tries to emulate my thoughts floating on the waves, across the pond.