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Korean Musical Instruments [Hardcover]

Keith Howard
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June 1 1996 Images of Asia
The music of Korea is an intriguing blend of earthy, percussive folk rhythms and contemplative court styles. While showing influences as diverse as Chinese court culture and the traditions of merchants travelling east on the Silk Road, the Korean peninsula has had a distinct and vibrant musical identity for more than 1,000 years. Korean Musical Instruments is a comprehensive guide to Korea's music and musical instruments. Keith Howard first provides a background for understanding the cultural and musical history of the peninsula, addressing both indigenous and Chinese-derived court genres, local folk music, and the recent movement in North Korea to `improve' traditional instruments. He then turns to the instruments themselves, devoting chapters to string, wind, and percussion instruments, respectively. The full catalogue of instruments currently in use and preserved in Korea is discussed, with full descriptions, details of their repertory, construction notes, and brief consideration of playing techniques. Written by a musician and scholar and illustrated with 24 colour and 15 black-and-white images, Korean Musical Instruments is directed equally to practising musicians and to students of Korean culture and society, and is the only complete discussion of the topic available in English today.

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16 pp colour plates, halftones

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Keith Howard is Chairman of Music and Lecturer in Korean Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

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THE KOREAN PENINSULA juts out from the mainland of East Asia between the latitudes 43 and 33 north and longitudes 124 and 134 east. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Jan. 24 2002
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Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be the perfect introduction to the world of Korean instruments, with simple and yet informative descriptions of various instruments. It was exceptionally interesting, and yet was not too long, thus keeping the reader's attention. I was especially happy when the book took into account instrumental developments in North Korea, thus providing a wider picture of Korea's musical development. A must for world music students and Koreanologists alike!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Jan. 24 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be the perfect introduction to the world of Korean instruments, with simple and yet informative descriptions of various instruments. It was exceptionally interesting, and yet was not too long, thus keeping the reader's attention. I was especially happy when the book took into account instrumental developments in North Korea, thus providing a wider picture of Korea's musical development. A must for world music students and Koreanologists alike!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Short Nov. 17 2007
By C. Blomberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great information is packed into this book-- but it's only got 67 pages of text, including many photographs. It's worth getting as a reference, but will probably just make you wish Howard had kept going for another 100 pages.
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