Korea - Land of the Morning Calm: A Bundle of Pansori
presented by Peter Duffy (5 May 2003)

Pansori is an epic narrative song form unique to Korean music culture. The vocalist alternates between singing and speaking , illustrating the various scenes of a story with the aid of a fan and a handkerchief. Of the original 12 pansori works, only 5 remain in performance practice and this presentation features one excerpt from each of these 5 pansori works. The five texts deal with various colorful tales and include some curious characters such as two brothers and an injured bird, a dragon king who rules an underwater kingdom, and a girl called Simchong who sacrifices herself but later wakes up inside a lotus leaf.

Playlist:
1. Excerpt from "Song of Heungbo". "Kim So-Hui's Pansori", ICDS-0530, Jigu Records, Seoul
2. Excerpt from "The Underwater Kingdom". "The Five Nun of Pansori", CDD-013, 1994, The Deep-Rooted Tree Publishing House, Seoul, South Korea
3. Excerpt from "Song of Simchong". "The Five Nun of Pansori", CDD-013, 1994, The Deep-Rooted Tree Publishing House, Seoul, South Korea
4. Excerpt from "Song at Red Cliff". "The Five Nun of Pansori", CDD-013, 1994, The Deep-Rooted Tree Publishing House, Seoul, South Korea
5. Excerpt from "Song of Chunhyang". "Park Dong-Jin's Pansori Collection: Chunhyangga", 1988, SKCD-K-0250, SKC LTD., Yejeon Media, Seoul

Links:
http://www.korea.net/