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186 – Royal Court Music 1: 전폐희문(Jeonpyehuimun)

June 22, 2011

This will be the first in an extended series of posts of Korean traditional court music.  On May 28th, the 국립국악원 (National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts) performed ‘Sound of Heaven, Music of King Sejong,’ at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul.  This performance was a re-staging of a 600-year-old banquet that was originally held at the palace in honor of the beloved King Sejong.  The excerpt posted here is an example of 전폐희문 (Jeonpyehuimun) and is performed in preparation for the ceremony.  Note that the whiny kids are not part of the reenactment. (186 – Jeonpyehuimun)

Recorded 5/28/11, 4:04PM (local time)

*You can hear the rest of the concert here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. qwsdfgbhn permalink
    January 18, 2012 10:21 pm

    Do all korean aak perfomances start with this music?

    • January 20, 2012 10:39 pm

      I don’t think so. From what I know, there are at least two distinctly different styles of what people now often call “Aak.” One was imported from China and is used during the ritual ceremony to Confucius (from whom the term “aak” originated), and then there’s this, which is Korean-orginated music geared toward the royal family. Based on that, my assumption is that this music is only used to start the Royal Court Music performances for the king, and possibly also for the dead ancestral rituals. But don’t take my word for it. I think that’s right, I’m not 100% sure it’s true.

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