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.

chapter 1|17 pages


chapter 2|20 pages

History and background of the taegŭm

chapter 3|18 pages

The contemporary practices of the taegŭm

chapter 4|22 pages

Music analysis I

Youngdong Kim

chapter 5|16 pages

Music analysis II

Sukhi Kang

chapter 6|15 pages

Music analysis III

Sngkn Kim

chapter 7|17 pages

Performance I


chapter 8|10 pages

Performance II

Western art music

chapter 9|10 pages

Performance III


chapter 10|7 pages