Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Hyelim Kim: Taegum Collection: Nim

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Hyelim Kim: Taegum Collection: Nim

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EAST ASIA Hyelim Kim: Taegum Collection: Nim. 2013. Universal Music Korea DU 42057. Recorded by Dongha Lee, Rob Shipster, and Jeremy Glasgow. Annotated by Hyelim Kim and Keith Howard. Produced by Hyelim Kim. 24-page booklet with notes in Korean and English. Translation by Hyelim Kim. Colour and b/w photographs. CD, 7 tracks (58:39).

The Korean term for what in English is called "Korean traditional music," kugak or gugak (depending on your preferred romanization system, and in either case meaning literally "national music"), lias always included both preservation of music transmitted or reconstructed from Korea's past and creation of new music using instruments and other resources derived from that past. Sometimes the two objectives have seemed quite separate, as when the South Korean government's "Intangible Cultural Properties" system supports only "preserved" repertoires, or when the best-known composer of "creative" {ch 'angjak) kugak, Hwang Byungki, releases albums consisting exclusively of his own compositions. In this album, on the contrary, as Hyelim Kim explains in her liner notes, "representative old pieces for the taegum are joined by the new, demonstrating how every source of creativity is founded on history."

Thus, each of the two "preserved" pieces on the album is followed by a "creative" piece inspired by it. The preserved pieces, perhaps predictably, are the two staples of the solo repertoire of the taegum bamboo flute: the chongak (elite music) solo "Ch'ongsonggok" and the folk-derived "Taegum Sanjo" (in the school of Won Changhyon) with changgo hourglass-drum accompaniment. …

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