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Howard, Keith (2016) 'SamulNori: Sustaining an Emerging Korean Percussion Tradition.' In: Schippers, Huib and Grant, Catherine, (eds.), Sustainable Futures for Musical Cultures: An Ecological Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 239-270.

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What music should be sustained? Global efforts to preserve “traditional” music tend to reflect performance practices that survive among aging musicians or in archived recordings, photographs, and other documents. Reconstruction may be attempted as systems enshrine ahistorical forms as representative archetypes, but preservation is always situated at a specific point in time. As time passes, new competing musical forms emerge, become popular, and, inevitably, decline. How can new traditions be sustained where older musical traditions have already been embraced by a preservation system? How can creativity and development be accommodated within a preservation system? This chapter explores issues of preservation and sustainability by focusing on a Korean percussion genre, samulnori, developed by a celebrated quartet, SamulNori, which in recent decades has arguably been Korea’s most successful “traditional” music.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Korea, music, sustainability, preservation, tradition, creativity
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
ISBN: 9780190259082
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2016 14:38

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