WELCOME
This is the official website of composer PAUL YEON LEE. Committed to the creation of the most poignant, eloquent and passionate music imaginable, Lee specializes in the genres of orchestral, chamber and vocal music. You can peruse these pages in order to listen to music and watch video samples of Lee's work.
"... a composer for whom music burns intensely, with a passion that binds craft to eloquence."
       - Leslie Bassett
*SEO-SHI (Prologue)*

Let me be shameless
Under the heaven until I die.
Despite the wind caressing the leaves,
Sorrow tears my heart.
Like my heart singing for the stars,
I will love all dying things.
And I will walk the path
That's been given to me.

Tonight again
The wind sweeps softly among the stars.

- Yoon, Dong Ju (1917-1945)
(translated by Paul Yeon Lee)
*서시*

죽는 날까지 하늘을 우러러
한 점 부끄럼이 없기를,
잎새에 이는 바람에도
나는 괴로와했다.
별을 노래하는 마음으로
모든 죽어가는 것들을 사랑해야지.
그리고 나한테 주어진 길을
걸어가야겠다.

오늘 밤에도 별이 바람에 스치운다.

- 윤동주 (1917-1945)
"I must despise the world which does not know that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy...  Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman...  I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out; that is the reason why I compose."
           - Ludwig van Beethoven