The Haegum: The vanishing violin of Korea
Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)
First Committee Member
Thomas Moore, Committee Chair
The Haegum is a two-string Korean fiddle. The neck passes through a tubular resonator of bamboo, and a horsehair bow passes between the two twisted silk strings. Despite the fact that it is constructed like a string instrument, the Haegum is considered a wind instrument in Korea, because of its sustaining qualities which set it apart from Western string instruments.In this author's opinion, the study of the Haegum has not been given proper attention so far, resulting in a dearth of recordings and written information. Hopefully this essay will contribute as a partial effort to trigger the interest of the composers who are equipped with Western musical techniques to learn more about the vanishing violin of Korea.
Suh, Kayla Haiju, "The Haegum: The vanishing violin of Korea" (1995). Dissertations from ProQuest. 3284.