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Music dedicated to the victims of the tragic accident in Itaewon

#Sounds of Korea l 2022-11-03

Sounds of Korea

Music dedicated to the victims of the tragic accident in Itaewon

The first piece for today’s Sounds of Korea is entitled “Cheongseong Jajinhanip청성자진한잎.” The word ‘cheongseong’ usually means a clear sound, but in Korean traditional music the term is used to indicate high notes. Here’s daegeum virtuoso Jo Chang-hun performing “Cheongseong Jajinhanip.”

Cheongseong Jajinhanip/ Daegeum by Jo Chang-hun

Next up is Korean traditional chamber music group Seul Gi Doong playing “From Evening to Dawn.” This haegeum piece was inspired by a snowy mountain scape at Seoraksan설악산 Mountain from dusk to dawn. 

From Evening to Dawn/ Performed by Seul Gi Doong

Coming up next is a geomungo piece entitled “Pyoryu표류” meaning adrift. Geomungo is usually played by striking the strings with a stick called suldae술대. But in this piece the instrument is played by drawing a bow across the strings to produce a sound similar to that of the ajaeng아쟁. Here’s Park Woo-jae playing both the geomungo and yanggeum양금 to perform “Pyoryu.”

Pyoryu (Adrift)/ Geomungo and yanggeum by Park Woo-jae

Today’s final piece is master singer Park Byeong-cheon’s “Eotmori엇모리 Prayer.” Among highly admired Monk Beopjeong법정’s writings is “May All Things Be Happy,” which wishes for every living being to be happy. This music piece, “Eotmori Prayer,” wishes for all things to be happy, not only the living but even those that have ceased to live. We offer this song for the victims of last Saturday’s tragic accident.

Eotmori Prayer/ Sung by Park Byeong-cheon

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