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The Exoticism of Korean Popular Music in the 1950s

Soyoung Lee 1

1한국종합예술학교 음악원 대학작곡과

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ABSTRACT

The Exoticism of Korean Popular Music in the 1950sLee, So-YoungThis study investigates the trends of musical exoticism in the 1950s and its musical characteristics. I presented musical idioms found in exotic repertoires. I examined two categories's feature which have four sub- types;Islamic style, Chinese style, Afro-American style, American country & westernstyle. However, these style were not authentic style originated from their country. These style were a kind of musical gesture considered as the exotic image by Korean composers. I provided an in-depth analysis of the musical elements of exotic songs, including mode, rhythm and meter, tonality and harmony and then illuminated how these elements related to make the exotic soundand feature.First type is an Islamic style, which consist of 4/4 meter usually using Bolero rhythmic patern, and consist of the chromatic scale and use anaugmented interval in the instrumental section. The songs of Chinese style have the going up- passage such as mi-sol-la-do and 2/4 meter usually using Fox-trot rhythm. The songs of Afro-American stylewere composed of the blues scale containing the blue notes and swing or blues rhythm. The songs of Americancountry musical style have an diatonic scale of the major mode.These exotic songs were popular in 1950s because these songs made romantic fantasy and provided entertainments such as exotic scene. Finally exoticism of popular music amused and appealed the Korean people sufered from the Korean 1950년대 한국 대중음악의 이국성 61War and poverty. Key WordsExoticism, Islamic style, Afro-American style, Musical gesture, The Other, Desire of the Identification *

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