From the publisher’s website:
This volume is about the music in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Seoul Olympics (1988) that were watched on television by millions of people. More specifically, the book is about the planning and decisions that resulted in a remarkable presentation, a narrative enacted in mythic terms from Korean cosmology, archetypes from world religions, biblical imagery of origins, Olympian references, and ancient and contemporary theories of metamorphosis. As we hear Professor Dilling’s account of the intentions and experience of the Korean planners and also of the sensory experience of the ceremonies, we approach an understanding of the ceremonies as a performance of “Korea.” The volume uses music to fully explore the ceremonies’ theme—”Beyond all Barriers”—and the event planners’ interpretation of national division as a multistratified problem of global barriers.
Margaret Walker Dilling (1939–1997) was assistant professor of music at the University of California, San Diego.