Pyongyang, June 30 (KCNA) — Kim Won Gyun (January 1917-April 2002) was a distinguished musician who made a great contribution to the development of the Juche-oriented music and training of reserve artistes in the DPRK with his gifted artistic talent.
He was popular with the Workers’ Party of Korea, servicepersons and people.
He created the immortal revolutionary paean “Song of General Kim Il Sung” with boundless reverence for President Kim Il Sung, whom the Korean people attended for the first time in their several thousand-year long history.
He also created “Patriotic Song”, the present national anthem of the DPRK, and “Korea March” and “Democratic Youth March” to arouse the soldiers and people of the DPRK to the construction of a new country.
Besides he composed many songs of high ideological and artistic value such as “Our Supreme Commander”, “Glory to Workers’ Party of Korea”, “Sunrise on Mt. Paektu”, “Steel-strong Ranks Advance” and “Song of Great National Unity”.
In particular, he displayed his talent to the full in the creation of the “Sea of Blood”-type revolutionary operas under the wise guidance of Kim Jong Il.
He assumed the duties as the chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Musicians Union, the general director of the Phibada Opera Troupe, the president of Pyongyang University of Music and Dance, etc.
The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK promulgated a decree to name the newly-built conservatory Kim Won Gyun Pyongyang Conservatory on June 27.
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