1896년 7월 24일 한민족 최초 의 아리랑. 1896-yŏn 7-wŏl 24-il hanminjok ch'oech'o ŭi Arirang. 17-251-C, scy 6191
Age: The cylinder was released 2016 (5 years); the original recordings were captured on July 24, 1896 (125 years).
Short Description: This cylinder is a commercial re-release of arirang, a national folk song of Korea originally recorded by Mrs. Alice Fletcher at her home in Washington, D.C. on July 24, 1896.
Curatorial notes: This cylinder is the most recent cylinder in ATM’s holdings, released in 2016 (the oldest cylinder in ATM’s collections was recorded in 1893)! This yellow molded plastic cylinder is a commercial reproduction of the earliest known recordings of “Arirang”, which were recorded by Alice Cunningham Fletcher on July 24, 1896 at her home in Washington, D.C. The three performers, An Chŏng-sik, Yi Hŭi-ch'ŏl, and Yang Son-[full name unknown], were three Korean students who sang three different versions of “Arirang,” a Korean folk song that has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The original cylinders made by Fletcher are housed at the Library of Congress.
The Archives of Traditional Music has over 7,100 cylinders in its holdings, including recordings from nearly every continent. The majority of the cylinders are in field collections (recordings made “in the field” of research, rather than commercially produced) although some, such as this cylinder, are commercial releases of original field recordings. Another early recording of Korean music at ATM is in the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv Demonstration Collection, of which the ATM has two separate sets, one of which includes a recording of a Korean soldier singing the folk song, “Sorimka,” during his internment in a German prisoner of war camp during World War I (83-899-F, SCY 5292).Listen in Media Collections Online