[KS] Korean song about the Hamhung evacuation (Noh Kwang Woo )
sa_ewing at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 12 14:51:29 EST 2006
Dear KS list members:
In reply to Richard Miller's last two questions, (1) "Kusseo^ra Ku^msun'a"
was written by Pak Sich'un, with lyrics by Kang Sarang
and (2) Hyeon In was born in Gupo/Kup'o (in the Busan/Pusan area) on 14
December 1919, and passed away on 13 April 2002
Hyeon In seems to have had a knack for choosing especially poignant,
haunting songs, the melodies of all the most representative of which having
been written by Pak Sich'un:
* "Pi Naerinu^n Komoryo^ng"--with lyrics by Ho Tong-a--is a moving piece
about a person displaced during the Japanese colonial period, pining to
return to his/her hometown (over Komo Pass in northeastern Taegu/Daegu. At
number 424 on Kumyoung noraebang systems, it's my favourite kayo.)
* The hauntingly tuneful "Sillau^i Talpam"--lyrics by Yu Ho--is about the
musings of a guest staying at Pulguksa on a moonlit night, intoxicated by
the historicity of his surroundings.
Proof of Hyeon In's songs' enduring popularity is perhaps evident in that
"Kusseo^ra Ku^msun'a" and "Sillau^i Talpam" have both been borrowed as the
titles of a recent television series and movie respectively.
As for "Besame Mucho," Naver returns many results for the song's title
combined with Hyeon In's name, but nothing more precise than "the 1960s"
jumps out as a date for the song.
Hoping this is of help,
>From: Richard Miller <rcmiller at wisc.edu>
>Reply-To: Korean Studies Discussion List <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
>To: Korean Studies Discussion List <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
>Subject: Re: [KS] Korean song about the Hamhung evacuation (Noh Kwang Woo )
>Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 22:08:19 -0600
>Kamsahapnida, Noh-ssi! Someone else (Sung Cho) added an opening line that
>very close to what the veteran remembered (ch On the dock of Hungnam with
>the snow flurried by strong windch ). I found a recording of the song
>lyrics enclosed in my university library.
>Now my questions are 1) Does anyone know the composer (the disc in my
>library doesn't list one), and 2) does anyone have dates for Hyeon In? One
>newspaper story I found online suggests 1919-2002; another fails to provide
>dates but does suggest that he introduced the song "Besame mucho" to Korea
>in the early 1960s...
>Thank you again,
>University of Wisconsin-Madison
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