Music in Korea

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 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 16mm | 331.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, figures
  • 0195368274
  • 9780195368277
  • 774,878

About Donna Lee Kwon

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

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her account of music in South Korea is highly personal and viewed through the lens of extensive fieldwork and training. ... Kwon provides a clear and concise account that sensibly foregoes the standard Korean genre listing for cross-cutting themes. * Keith Howard, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies *show more

Table of contents

FOREWORD; PREFACE; CD TRACK LIST; 1. KOREA FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER; PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA; KOSONG, SOUTH KOREA; INTERSECTING THEMES; 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; TENSION AND RELEASE IN SUJECH'ON; 3. THE POLITICS OF PRESERVATION AND REVIVAL IN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC; INSTRUMENTAL PRESERVATION, ADAPTATION, AND REVIVAL; SOLO REPERTOIRES; ENSEMBLE FORMS; 4. THE SINGING VOICE; FOLKSONGS; SIJO-CH'ANG: CULTIVATING AN APPRECIATION FOR SUNG POETRY; P'ANSORI: INTERTEXTUALITY AND CULTURAL CONTINUITY; CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS IN KOREAN MUSICAL THEATER AND FILM; 5. COLONIAL LEGACIES IN KOREA; THE LEGACY OF THE JAPANESE COLONIAL OCCUPATION (1910-1945); ENGAGING WITH WESTERN CONCERT MUSIC; WESTERN MUSIC AND MODERN NATIONHOOD: THE MAKING OF KOREA'S NATIONAL ANTHEMS; 6. NEGOTIATING TRANSNATIONAL FLOWS OF CULTURE; SHIFTS IN THE GLOBAL MEDIASCAPE; MUSIC AND POWER; CULTURAL CONTINUITY IN KOREAN POPULAR MUSIC: INDEXING "TRADITION" IN KOREAN HIP-HOP; MOVING BEYOND "TRADITION" IN THE MUSIC OF JANG GOON; GLOSSARY; REFERENCES; RESOURCES; INDEXshow more

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