Making Korean art song accessible for English speakers.


This project began in 2020 supported by the ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan and works to make Korean art song accessible to English speakers.  To date, we have collected nearly 1000 unique songs and have created a database containing information about these songs: composer, poet, key, vocal range, tempo, instrumentation, and links to recordings.  In some cases, materials have been identified which are a good entry point for English speakers curious about Korean art song; these products have translations, phonetic transcriptions, and performance recordings easily available.  In other cases, and as a longer range goal, the team works to create phonetic transcriptions, translations, explanations of historic references, and recordings of the texts spoken for study so that Korean art song (가곡) can be as easily studied and performed as German Lieder or French mélodies.