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Contemporary Kayagum Music in Korea
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 28,000
USD 21.76
Author: Hee-sun Kim
Publisher: Minsokwon
Pub. Date: July 2008
Pages: 341
Cover: Softcover
Dimensions (in inches): 8.66 x 6.5 x 1.8
ISBN: 9788956386058
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Contemporary Kayagm Music in Korea offers the first book-length account of a new musical genre developed in post-war South Korea for kayagm, a traditional 12-stringed long board zither. The book examines the process by which a traditional instrument has become a vessel for the expression of new ideas concerning modernity, tradition and identity by examining history and relationships among composition, performance and representation. At the same time, Kim Hee-sun shows how, for kayagm practitioners, producing and performing new music has become a means of artistic survival and, as of lately, of social distinction and success. This book deals with musical sound, the meaning of performance, aesthetics in the specific social context, and interactions among people. Most importantly the book aims to answer the question why people make music in a given society at specific times.

The book, which is accompanied by an audio CD of representative kayagm repertoires, offers unique perspective on music and society in contemporary Korea, which will be of importance to students of Ethnomusicology, Korean music, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies as well as Korean studies. (CD included)

Orthography and Conventions 
Chapter 1.Introduction 
Chapter 2.The World of Kayagŭm 
Chapter 3.Hwang Byung-ki and Initiation of Contemporary Kayagŭm Music 
Chapter 4.Yi Sung-chun and New Style Kayagŭm Music 
Chapter 5.Performance of Contemporary Kayagŭm 
Chapter 6.Tradition,Modernity and Identity 
A: List of Kayagŭm Compositions and Recordings of Hwang Byung-ki
B: List of Kayagŭm Compositions and Recordings of Yi Sung-chun
C: List of Major Kayagŭm Compositions of Other Composers
D: List of Contemporary Kayagŭm Recordings
E: CD Contents


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