3 Minutes and 20 Seconds

In view of the space-time conception 3 minutes and 20 seconds is nothing but a moment.

Here is a woman resting all her dreams and hopes on so short a time.

She is Kim Pong Sil teaching the xylophone at the Pyongyang Students and Children’s Palace.

She says: “Actually, it doesn’t take long for a student to perform on the stage. It usually takes about 3 minutes and 20 seconds to play a piece of music. But the student makes much effort for the short performance.”

What makes the xylophone solo successful is the organic harmony of the musical depiction of a piece and the artistic rhythm and countenance of a performer, making the audience be absorbed in music.

So it is a difficult task even for grown-ups.

But Kim Pong Sil had done it successfully in her teens.

She mastered excellent performance skills including sight-reading and rhythm thanks to the assistance of teachers at the Pyongyang Students and Children’s Palace to wonderfully decorate her performance time–3 minutes and 20 seconds.

In those days, the teenage girl pleased the great leader Kim Il Sung several times with her wonderful xylophone performance. She became widely known to a number of countries in the world as well as to our country as a talented xylophonist.

Her execution further improved day by day when she was active at an authoritative art organization in the capital city.

For a piece of music, she made serious speculation and strenuous efforts to improve her technique, so her performance always won great admiration of the audience.

On July 8, Juche 83 (1994) she heard the sad news of the demise of Kim Il Sung, which was a bolt from the blue.

“Whenever he enjoyed the performances of schoolchildren, the great leader Kim Il Sung liked the xylophone performance in particular. It was so heartbreaking that I failed to train good xylophonists and show their performances to make him happy.”

Kim Pong Sil devoted herself to training the future talented artistes with the evermore growing yearning for Kim Il Sung.

She worked heart and soul to make even the primary school children play solo on the stage, breaking the existing custom.

As they were young, she had to guide their training, playing the xylophone in person many a time.

She has brought up more than 40 disciples. Most of them are active at authoritative art organizations of the country.

Kim Pong Sil is devoting herself to training future talented artistes, keeping the 3 minutes and 20 seconds of glory when she pleased Kim Il Sung in her teens.

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