Britannica Korea and Pansori Academy jointly held 100 special appreciation sessions for Pansori in the 19070’s. “Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree” was possible due to the assertive support by the intellects at the time and provided opportunity to re-arouse social interests in Pansori.

This digital library, “Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree,” was composed on the basis of the data and materials that Bo-hyeong Lee donated to National Library of Korea in 2018. Many of the Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree related data and materials among those donated by Bo-hyeong Lee are the only existing copies. Many of the maestros who appeared in the special appreciation sessions at the time passed away and substantial recordings of the sounds that were not frequently sang by them were included in the range of materials donated, making these data and materials extremely valuable. Special appreciation session for Pansori held in the 1970’s was reproduced through the digital library of the National Library of Korea centered-around the materials he donated.

Materials related to the ‘Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree’ among those donated by Bo-hyeong Lee to the National Library of Korea include recordings of actual performances, collection of editorial and performance programs, etc. Among these, the recordings of the actual performances can be categories in terms of the performers as follows: entire version of Sugunga by Sang-hyeon Cho, portion of Chunhyangga by Sang-hyeon Cho, entire version of Sugunga by Kwon-jin Jeong, portion of Chunhyangga by Kwon-jin Jeong, front portion of Chunhyangga by Jeong-sook Oh, entire version of Simcheongga by Jeong-sook Oh, entire version of Jeokbyeokga by Bong-sul Park, front portion of Chunhyangga by Woo-hyang Seong, entire version of Simcheongga by Woo-hyang Seong, front portion of Simcheongga by Dong-jin Park, entire version of Chunhyangga by Cho-seon Park, and portion of Chunhyangga by Yeo-ran Kim. Among these, Sugunga by Sang-hyeon Cho, Sugunga by Kwon-jin Jeong and Chunhyangga by Cho-seon Park are the only available material to hear the voices of these maestros during the 1970’s. Recordings of Simcheongga by Dong-jin Park has portion that had not been sold as recording in the past. As such, the recordings from the initial section to the section where Simbongsa (the father) is begging for breast milk for the infant Simcheong can only be heard with the recordings that Bo-hyeong Lee made and kept.

Although there were a total of 21 maestros who were featured in the stages for ‘Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree’, focus is made on 8 maestros including Yeo-ran Kim, Kwon-jin Jeong, Dong-jin Park, Woo-hyang Seong, Jeong-sook Oh, Bong-sul Park, Cho-seon Park and Sang-hyeon Cho, and 1 master drummer, Myeong-hwan Kim, in this digital library. As such, their voices on a total of 9 songs are introduced. However, for these recording materials, portions that can be disclosed to the public were selected and underwent editing process.

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