1st Edition

Tradition and Creativity in Korean Taegŭm Flute Performance

By Hyelim Kim Copyright 2022
    194 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    194 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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









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