A Preliminary Bibliography
Complied by Dr. Robert C. Provine
Updated January 1998


The Essentials:
[McCune-Reischauer romanization of some Korean names given in square brackets]

Burde, Wolfgang, ed., Korea: Einführung in die Musiktradition Koreas (Mainz etc.: Schott, 1985). Various topics in Korean music, in German.

Howard, Keith, "A Compact Discography of Korean Traditional Music", Korea Journal, 36/3 (Autumn, 1996), 115-132, and 36/4 (Winter, 1996), 120-140. Very useful list of compact discs.

Howard, Keith, Korean Musical Instruments: A Practical Guide (Seoul: Se-Kwang Music Publishing Co. [Segwang ûmak ch'ulp'ansa], 1988). A survey of traditional musical instruments, plus detailed study of the p'iri, tanso, taegûm, changgo, kayagûm, kômun'go, and haegûm.

Lee, Byong Won [Yi Pyôngwôn], "Korea", in The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie (London: Macmillan, 1981), X, 192-208. General survey of Korean traditional music.

Lee, Byong Won [Yi Pyôngwôn], Styles and Esthetics in Korean Traditional Music (Seoul: National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, 1997. General survey of Korean traditional music. Separate CD, Korean Traditional Music I (Seoul: National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, 1997).

Malm, William P., Music Cultures of the Pacific, the Near East, and Asia, 3rd ed. (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1995). The chapter on Northeast Asia contains some basic information on Korean music.

Provine, Robert C., "Korea", in Ethnomusicology: Historical and Regional Studies, ed. Helen Myers, New Grove Handbooks in Music (London: Macmillan, 1993), pp. 363-376. Despite its title, this is essentially a short guided tour of scholarship in Korean traditional music, both historical and contemporary, rather than a survey of the music itself. Lists the basic works in Korean as well as Western languages.

Entries on Korean musical instruments in The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, ed. Stanley Sadie, 3 vols. (London: Macmillan, 1985). Short descriptions of Korean instruments.

Other Writings:

Anderson, S. M., Korean Folk Songs, M.A. diss. Eastman School of Music, 1940.

Boots, J. L., "Korean Musical Instruments and an Introduction to Korean Music", Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 30 (1940), 1-31.

Condit, Jonathan, "The Evolution of Yômillak from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day", in Chang Sahun paksa hoegap kinyôm tongyang ûmakhak nonch'ong (Seoul: Han'guk kugak hakhoe, 1977), pp. 231-262.

Condit, Jonathan, "A Fifteenth-Century Korean Score in Mensural Notation", Musica Asiatica, 2 (1979), 1-87.

Condit, Jonathan, "Korean Scores in the Modified Fifteenth-Century Mensural Notation", Musica Asiatica, 4 (1984), 1-116.

Condit, Jonathan, Music of the Korean Renaissance: Songs and Dances of the Fifteenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984).

Condit, Jonathan, "Two Song-dynasty Chinese Tunes Preserved in Korea", in Music and Tradition: Essays on Asian and other Musics Presented to Laurence Picken (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981), pp. 1-39.

Condit, Jonathan, "Uncovering Earlier Melodic Forms from Modern Performance: the Kasa repertoire", Asian Music, ix/2 (1978), 3-20.

Courant, Maurice, "La musique coréenne", appendix to his Essai historique sur la musique classique des Chinois (Paris: Delagrave, 1912), pp. 211-220. Also included, with the title "Corée", in Encyclopédie de la musique et Dictionnaire du Conservatoire, ed. Albert Lavignac, 11 vols (Paris: Delagrave, 1913-1931), Première partie: Histoire de la musique (1913-1922), 5 vols., vol. 1, pp. 211-220.

Dilling, Margaret, writings on Korean music.

Eckardt, Andreas, Koreanische Musik (Tokyo: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- u. Völkerkunde Ostasiens, 1930).

Eckardt, Andre, Music - Lied - Tanz in Korea, Abhandlungen zur Kunst-, Music- und Literaturwissenschaft, Band 51 (Bonn: H. Bouvier u. Co. Verlag, 1968).

Hahn, Man-young [Han Manyông], "Folk Songs of Korean Rural Life and their Characteristics based on the Rice Farming Songs", Asian Music, ix/2 (1978), 21-28.

Hahn, Man-young [Han Manyông], Kugak: Studies in Korean Traditional Music, translated and edited by Inok Paek and Keith Howard (Seoul: Tamgu Dang Publishing Company [T'amgudang], 1991.

Heyman, Alan C., Dances of the Three-Thousand-League Land (Seoul: Dong-A Publishing Company, Ltd. [Tonga munhwasa], 1966).

Howard, Keith, Bands, Songs, and Shamanistic Rituals: Folk Music in Korean Society (Seoul: Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch, 1989). 2nd ed., 1990.

Howard, Keith, Korean Musical Instruments (Hong Kong: OUP in Asia, 1995).

Howard, Keith, Joachim Bühler, and Chu Kyông-sun, "Korea", in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, vol. 5 (Kassel: Barenreiter, and Stuttgart: Metzler, 1996), cols. 733-56.

Howard, Keith D., Bands, Songs, and Shamanistic Rituals: Traditional Music on a Korean Island, 2 vols., Ph.D. diss, Queen's University of Belfast, 1985.

Hwang Byong-ki [Hwang Pyônggi], "Aesthetic Characteristics of Korean Music in theory and in Practice", Asian Music, ix/2 (1978), 29-40.

Kaufmann, Walter, Musical Notations of the Orient (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1967).

Keh, Ch. S. [Kye Chôngsik], Die koreanische Musik (Strassburg, 1935). Reprinted as Sammlung musikwissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, Band 17 (Baden-Baden: Verlag Valentin Koerner, 1972).

Korean National Commission for UNESCO, ed., Traditional Korean Music, Korean Art, 3 (Seoul: Si-sa-yong-o-sa Publishers Inc. [Sisa yôngôsa], 1983.

Korean Traditional Performing Arts Centre [Kungnip kugagwôn], The Traditional Music & Dance of Korea, ed. Alan Heyman (Seoul: Korean Traditional Performing Arts Centre, 1993).

Kungnip kugagwôn: see Korean Traditional Performing Arts Centre.

Lee, Byong Won [Yi Pyôngwôn], Buddhist Music of Korea, Traditional Korean Music, 3 (Seoul: Jungeumsa [Chôngûmsa], 1987).

Lee, Byong Won [Yi Pyôngwôn], "Structural Formulae of Melodies in the Two Sacred Buddhist Chant Styles of Korea", Korean Studies, 1 (1977), 111-196.

Lee, Hye-Ku, Essays on Traditional Korean Music, ed. and transl. Robert C. Provine (Seoul: Royal Asiatic Society, 1981). 2nd ed., 1983.

Lee, Kang-sook [Yi Kangsuk], "Certain Experiences in Korean Music", in Musics of Many Cultures: An Introduction, ed. Elizabeth May (Berkeley etc.: University of California Press, 1980.

Lee, Kang-sook [Yi Kangsuk], "An Essay on Korean Modes", Asian Music, ix/2 (1978), 41-47.

Loken-Kim, Christine J., Release from Bitterness: Korean Dancer as Korean Woman, Ph.D. diss., University of North Carolina, 1989.

National Academy of Arts [Yesurwôn], Survey of Korean Arts: Traditional Music (Seoul: National Academy of Arts, 1973).

National Academy of Arts [Yesurwôn], Survey of Korean Arts: Folk Arts (Seoul: National Academy of Arts, 1974).

Nellen, Frank, Bibliographie zu Musik und Tanz im traditionellen Korea, Teil A: Literatur in Europäischen Sprachen, Kleine Schriften zur Koreaforschung, 1 (Bochum: Verlag Norbert R. Adami, 1984). 28 pp.

Pihl, Marshall R., The Korean Singer of Tales (Cambridge: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1994).

Pratt, Keith L., Korean Music: Its History and Its Performance, Traditional Korean Music, 4 (Seoul/London: Jungeumsa [Chôngûmsa] and Faber Music, 1987)

Pratt, K. L., "Music as a Factor in Sung-Koryô Diplomatic Relations, 1069-1126", T'oung Pao, lxii/4-5 (1976), 199-218.

Pratt, K. L., "Some Aspects of Diplomatic and Cultural Exchange Between Korea and Northern Sung China", in Chang Sahun paksa hoegap kinyôm tongyang ûmakhak nonch'ong (Seoul: Han'guk kugak hakhoe, 1977), pp. 313-323.

Pratt, K. L., "Sung Hui Tsung's Musical Diplomacy and the Korean Response", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies xlvii/3 (1981), 509-521.

Provine, Robert C., Essays on Sino-Korean Musicology: Early Sources for Korean Ritual Music, Traditional Korean Music, 2 (edited by the Korean National Commission for UNESCO) (Seoul: Iljisa Publishing Company, 1988).

Provine, Robert C., 75 entries on Korean and Chinese musical instruments in The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, ed. Stanley Sadie, 3 vols. (London: Macmillan, 1985).

Provine, Robert C.: complete list of publications.

Rockwell, Coralie, Kagok: A Traditional Korean Vocal Form (Providence: Asian Music Publications, 1972).

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], Source Readings in Korean Music, Korean Traditional Music, 1 (Seoul: Korean National Commission for UNESCO, 1980).

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], The Sanjo Tradition of Korean Kômun'go Music, Traditional Korean Music, 1 (Seoul: Jung Eum Sa [Chôngûmsa], 1986)

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], An Annotated Bibliography of Korean Music (Providence: Asian Music Publications, 1971).

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], "Supplement to an Annotated Bibliography of Korean Music", Korea Journal, five installments in xiv/12 to xv/4 (1974-75).

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], The Korean-Canadian Folk Song: an Ethnomusicological Study, Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies, Paper No. 10 (Ottawa: National Museums of Canada, 1974).

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], "A Discography of Korean Music", Korea Journal, xvi/12 (1976), 53-67.

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], "Subject Index of Discography", Korea Journal, xvii/6 (1977), 57-66.

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], "A Discography of Korean Music", Asian Music, viii/2 (1977), 82-121.

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], "Korean Music: An Annotated Bibliography, Second Supplement", Asian Music, ix/2 (1978), 65-112.

Song Pangsong, Han'guk ûmakhak nonjô haeje, Ilban charyo ch'ongsô 81-1 (Sôngnam: Han'guk chôngsin munhwa yôn'guwôn, 1981. [Extensive bibliography on Korean music, with many entries in Western languages.]

Song, Bang-Song [Song Pangsong], "Ritual Tradition of Korea", Asian Music, viii/2 (1977), 26-46.

"Traditionelle Koreanische Musik", Koreana (Schriftenreihe der Deutsch-Koreanischen Gesellschaft, Bonn), 17/1 (1986), 13-51. Contributions by Christian Ahrens, Ingrid Fritsch, Song Yung-chan, and Heinz-Dieter Reese.

Um, Hae-kyung [Ôm Hyegyông], "Making P'ansori, Korean Musical Drama," Ph.D. diss., Queen's University of Belfast (1992).

Walraven, B. C. A., Muga: the Songs of Korean Shamanism (Leiden, 1985).

Yi Hyegu: See Lee, Hye-Ku

Yi Kangsuk: See Lee, Kang-sook.

Yi Pyôngwôn: See Lee, Byong Won.