Yiruma named the piece Leave Behind, because he felt that the song was a gift to his fans who would carry it with them wherever they go. Yiruma was deeply moved by his fans’ dedication and their loyalty to him and his music. Yiruma realizes how lucky he is to be a popular musician and enjoys sharing what he loves (music) with his fans. Yiruma is also deeply touched by the love, passion and devotion they have for him.
It is clear Yiruma feels some responsibility to share his music in return of their loyalty, which Yiruma does beautifully through Leave Behind . Yiruma dedicated his YIRUMA concert to his fans, explaining that he composed and performed Leave Behind specifically for them. Yiruma described the song as a gift he had written for them. Yiruma feels so strongly about his fans that Yiruma has even dedicated songs to specific people including: “Crescendo” (2002) and “Your Story” (2004) for YTN Newscaster Lee Yoon-jung, and “Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square” (2002) for Yonsei University student Yoon Hye-in.
Yiruma was reluctant to reveal the story behind Leave Behind , but once he did it became obvious why Yiruma so deeply identifies with this song. Yiruma composed the piece in 2001, when Yiruma was 24 years old and Yonsei University’s YSP Hall Auditorium was his second concert stage. Yiruma explains that the younger him is depicted by the piano music of Leave Behind . Yiruma confesses that he used to be full of romantic dreams about Yonsei University at that age. Yiruma was completely fascinated by Yonsei University, the school he dreamed of attending one day and imagined it to be an extraordinary place where all his dreams would come true. Yiruma explains that Yonsei University is depicted in the piano music by the fast tempo and technical chord variations. Yiruma compares Yonsei University to a beautiful woman in this song, while Yiruma is the man who is completely infatuated by her beauty. Yiruma explains that Yonsei University’s YSP Hall Auditorium is another character in the story depicted by the quiet piano music. Yiruma expresses his feelings about Yonsei University’s YSP Hall Auditorium, his second concert stage, where Yiruma performed his very first live concert “First Love” in January 2004.