Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree

Introductions are made to the 100 sessions of Pansori performances held over a period of 4 years and 8 months from January 18, 1974 to September 29, 1978, background for the holding of ‘Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree’, those who were behind planning and executing these performances, and the Pansori maestros featured on the stages.

Resurrection of Goje (ancient statute) Pansori

The musical and historical significance of ‘Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree’ is that it established the venue for the resurrection of “Goje (ancient statute)” Pansori. Performances of the maestros with the retention of their sounds in the past provided new stimulation to the audiences who were familiar only with the so called Domaksori in which the maestros would sing only a portion of Pansori or in Changgeuk. It provides an opportunity to listen to the previous sounds of Kwon-jin Jeong, Bong-sul Park and Yeo-ran Kim.

Emergence of next-generation maestros

Many younger maestros were also featured in the ‘Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree’ to demonstrate their new possibilities as the successors of the authentic Pansori. Maestros including Woo-hyang Seong, Jeong-sook Oh and Sang-hyeon Cho, who were featured at the time, were later designated as intangible cultural assets of Korea in Pansori. As such, materials that allow the audiences to vividly hear their voices during their younger years are included.

Activities of master drummer

The role of the drummer is as important as the singer in Pansori. Master drummers of the time including Myeong-hwan Kim, Deuk-soo Kim and Dong-jun Kim were featured in the ‘Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree’ to provide drum beats to the singing of a wide range of maestros. Recording materials in which the performances of these drummers are highlighted were also sorted and included in the digital library.

Records and materials on the special appreciation session for Pansori

Bo-hyeong Lee, who led the performances as a musical scholar, left an extensive range of data and materials. Among these, the collection of editorials that printed the Pansori editorials personally written by the maestros featured in the special appreciation sessions is an extremely previous material. Moreover, Bo-hyeong Lee left vivid records of the actual site of the performances by recording them on cassette tapes. It is possible to check ‘Special appreciation session for Pansori, a deeply rooted tree’ related data and materials that Bo-hyeong Lee donated to the National Library of Korea.

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