Music in Korea: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

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*** Music in Korea is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the

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Overview

*** Music in Korea is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. ***

Despite its longstanding position as a distinct cultural force in East Asia, Korea continues to be underrepresented in world music texts. Music in Korea is the first brief, single-volume text to provide a thematic, succinct introduction to the music of Korea—a region whose volatile political climate has often overshadowed its rich cultural and musical traditions.

Based on author Donna Lee Kwon's extensive fieldwork, the text features interviews with performers, eyewitness accounts of performances, and vivid illustrations. Kwon uses three themes—Korea as a transnational player in East Asia, the intersection of Korean music and cultural politics, and Korea's maintenance of its strong cultural identity through both musical and aesthetic continuity—to survey the region and draw parallels and contrasts between its various traditions. Each theme lends itself to a discussion of Korea's classical musical customs and its contemporary developments. Packaged with an 80-minute audio CD containing musical examples, the text features numerous listening activities that engage students with the music. The companion website (www.oup.com/us/globalmusic) includes supplementary materials for instructors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195368277
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/7/2011
  • Series: Global Music Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Lee Kwon is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
CD Track List
1. KOREA FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER
Pyongyang, North Korea
Kosong, South Korea
Intersecting Themes
Transnationalism in Flux: From the "Hermit Kingdom" to the "Korean Wave": From the "Hermit Kingdom" to the "Korean Wave"
Modernization and Cultural Continuity in North and South Korea
Music and Cultural Politics: Articulating the Border through Song
"Our Wish is Reunification": The Story of Im Su-kyong
Popular Visions of Reunification
2. THE COURT AS CULTURAL CONDUIT
Court Music, Cultural Policy, and the State
The Movement of Court Culture from East to West
The Development of Ritual Music of the Court: Music, Cultural Politics, and the State
Court Music in Practice Today
Experiencing State Sacrificial Music
Ritual Order and Cosmology
Instruments and Music
Munmyo Cheryeak
Chongmyo Cheryeak
Tension and Release in Sujech'on
3. THE POLITICS OF PRESERVATION AND REVIVAL IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Instrumental Preservation, Adaptation, and Revival
South Korea: The Politics of Preservation and Revival
North Korea: Music and the Masses
Solo Repertoires
Sanjo
The Development of Sanjo and its Spread to other Instruments
Changdan: The Rhythmic Underpinning of Sanjo
The Interaction of Rhythm, Mode, and Melody in Sanjo
Ensemble Forms
P'ungmul
P'ungmul in the Village Madang
P'ungmul in the Streets: Political Protest Marches
P'ungmul on Stage: The Emergence of Samul Nori
Shamanist Ritual Forms
Chindo Ssikkim-kut (Cleansing Rituals)
Sinawi and the Cultivation of Improvisation
4. THE SINGING VOICE
Folksongs
Central (Kyonggi) minyo
Southern (Namdo) minyo
Sijo-ch'ang: Cultivating an Appreciation for Sung Poetry
Text, Rhythm, and Melody
P'ansori: Intertextuality and Cultural Continuity
History and Development Through Multiple Formats
Performance and Repertoire
Warm-up Songs (Tan'ga)
Narrative Performance: The Song of Ch'unhyang
Expressive Elements of P'ansori
P'ansori Aesthetics
Contemporary Developments in Korean Musical Theater and Film
North Korean Revolutionary Opera
P'ansori and Film: Director Im Kwon-taek
Sop'yonje
Ch'unhyang
5. COLONIAL LEGACIES IN KOREA
The Legacy of the Japanese Colonial Occupation (1910-1945)
The Enduring Popularity of Trot
The Emergence of Sin minyo
Engaging with Western Concert Music
South Korea: Tradition, Innovation, Synthesis, and Popularization
North Korea: Music, Synthesis, and Politics
Western Music and Modern Nationhood: The Making of Korea's National Anthems
6. NEGOTIATING TRANSNATIONAL FLOWS OF CULTURE
Shifts in the Global Mediascape
The Korean Wave
K-Pop and the Influence of Seo Taiji and the Boys
Music and Power
The Presence of American Forces and the Dawn of a New Era in South Korean Pop
State-sanctioned Popular Music in North Korea
The Politicization of Popular Music in South Korea: T'ong kit'a and the Song Movement
Cultural Continuity in Korean Popular Music: Indexing "Tradition" in Korean Hip-Hop
Moving Beyond "Tradition" in the Music of Jang Goon
Glossary
References
Resources
Index

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