Stories inside Stories

Stories inside Stories

Music in the Making of the Korean Olympic Ceremonies (KRM 29)

Margaret Walker Dilling

Publication date: 2007
ISBN-13 (print): 978-1-55729-085-4
ISBN-10 (print): 1-55729-085-7

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This volume is about the music in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Seoul Olympics (1988) that were watched on television by millions of people. More specifically, the book is about the planning and decisions that resulted in a remarkable presentation. As we hear Professor Dilling's account of the intentions and experience of the Korean planners and also of the sensory experience of the ceremonies, we approach an understanding of the ceremonies as a performance of "Korea."

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This volume is about the music in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Seoul Olympics (1988) that were watched on television by millions of people. More specifically, the book is about the planning and decisions that resulted in a remarkable presentation, a narrative enacted in mythic terms from Korean cosmology, archetypes from world religions, biblical imagery of origins, Olympian references, and ancient and contemporary theories of metamorphosis. As we hear Professor Dilling's account of the intentions and experience of the Korean planners and also of the sensory experience of the ceremonies, we approach an understanding of the ceremonies as a performance of "Korea." The volume uses music to fully explore the ceremonies' theme—"Beyond all Barriers"—and the event planners' interpretation of national division as a multistratified problem of global barriers.

Pages: 590
Language: English
Publisher: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
OCLC: 70775738

Margaret Walker Dilling

Margaret Walker Dilling (1939–1997) was assistant professor of music at the University of California, San Diego.

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Stories inside Stories (KRM 29)

Foreword by Bonnie Wade – vii

Ammadang: The Day the Drum was King – 1

Part I: Scenes
1. Performance – 19
2. Planners – 80
3. Scenario – 124

Part II: Music
4. Scores – 169
5. Ceremony – 183
6. Korean Traditional Music – 249
7. Art – 304

Part III: Voices
8. Controversies – 351
9. Perspectives – 383
10. Reviews – 445

Appendix A – 495
Appendix B – 499
Appendix C – 501
Appendix D – 503
Appendix E – 505
Appendix F – 509
Musical Examples – 525
References – 563
Index – 575

JOURNAL REVIEWS

"This is a special book. Not only does Dilling provide a wholly convincing, vivid and detailed account of how the Seoul Olympic performances came to be as they were; in the process, she reveals a wide range of the values, attitudes, philosophies and codes of behaviour that compete in modern Korea, brilliantly demonstrating how these are manifest in musical expression. Few other books do this so well." ~Simon Mills, Durham University, in Pacific Affairs (http://www.jstor.org/stable/25608948)