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1st Edition

Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegŭm Flute Performance

ISBN 9780815379126
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
194 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegŭm Flute Performance describes the taegŭm as a representation of Korean culture in the contemporary world. Through the development and performance of creative works, this horizontal bamboo flute reflects both tradition and contemporary creativity. The first part of the book outlines the historical background of the taegŭm. The author illuminates the potential future of the Korean flute in a globalised world through the analyses of three musical works for taegŭm. The second part of the book draws on approaches of Practice Research within ethnomusicology and sociology to examine the ways in which the taegŭm tradition interacts with, and responds to, different genres in performance. Documenting collaborative encounters with musicians from three musical cultures: jazz, Western art and electroacoustic music, the result is an innovative exploration of the musical and social relationships between composers, performers and audiences in intercultural performances, contrasting traditional uses of the taegŭm with perspectives on its use today.

Table of Contents


Learner’s Position

Performer’s Position

History and Background of the Taegŭm

History of the Taegŭm

Court and Folk Taegŭm

Notations for the Taegŭm

The Contemporary Practices of the Taegŭm

Nationalism and Orientalism

Orientalism and Korean Traditional Music

Nationalism and Korean Traditional music

Music Analysis I: Youngdong Kim

Sŏn: Zen’

Manp’a shik chŏk

Music Analysis II: Sukhi Kang


Music Analysis III: Sngkn Kim


Taegŭm Quartet 2006

Performance I: Jazz

The History of Korean Jazz

Collaboration with Simon Barker

Performance II: Western Art Music

Composer, Dae-seong Kim

Universal Gestures in Nongŭm

Performance III: Electroacoustics


The Sori Art Project








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Dr Hyelim Kim is a world-renowned traditional Korean taegum performer and academic, who is a Visiting Research Fellow, Bath Spa University (UK).