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Hanguk Eumak(Korean Music) print

Traditional Korean music is rife with historical sentiment, typifying the suffering Koreans endured, and has had a great influence on Korean popular music. As a result of unceasing efforts to renew traditional Korean music, fusion art groups performing fusion music as well as classical Korean music have recently emerged. Many have attempted to integrate traditional style together with modern music. Such examples can be traced to the recent popularity of combining traditional music with B-boy technique. These initiatives have been successful, and traditional Korean music is fulfilling its role as a cultural code of Han Style today.

Traditional Korean music enjoyed by the royal families or nobility was quite different from that favored by the peasantry. While music preferred by noblemen eluded a sense of calm and elegance, peasants were fond of upbeat music with quicker rhythms, reminiscent of songs chanted while working. However, the most popular traditional music, such as the very famous Arirang, is sentimental and has a slow rhythm, symbolic of Korea 's sad, traumatic history.

[Types of Traditional Music and Listening to Sample Music]
*Sujecheon”, a piece of instrumental music performed at the royal court: To hear the sample music
*Jeonpyehoemun”, a music piece played during events at the royal court: To hear the sample music
*Ujosamsudaeyeop”, songs with lyrics from poetry by noblemen or scholars: To hear the sample music


A performance of the gayageum , a string instrument often played by noble women as a part of their cultural education or by lady entertainers