Ancient Korea Research Paper

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The most important musical events during the medieval period in Korea was held in conjunction with national events centered on the royal court. During this period, Confucian ritual music was imported from China. The ruling ideology during Chos era (1392-1910) was Confucianism. After the Chos usurped the Kory dynasty, they felt the need to justify their revolution by winning the public’s trust and gather support from their neighbor, China. During the Chos era, they implemented an ideology that was deemed suitable for them, the Chinese doctrine of ceremony. This doctrine represented the Confucian’s view of music. The doctrine had been an integral theory of music since the inception of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.). According to the Confucian doctrine of…show more content…
The tangak was a popular form of poetry and vocal music during the Sung dynasty (960-1125) in China. The tangak was initially performed same as the original performance from China. Eventually the tangak was Koreanized and kept it that way until today. The open-minded mentality of Koreans made it possible for them to accept outside music and using their musical identity and talents, they managed to create their own kind of music. Besides the geomungo, there are several other traditional instruments with heritance from China. A popular Korean instrument is the gayageum. The gayageum was mentioned in the History of the Three Kingdoms. In it the instrument was created by the ruler of Kaya kingdom (42-562 C.E.); a small Korean kingdom. The gayageum was based on the Chinese zheng. The gayageum was brought to Japan, where the koto, a similar kind of instrument still exists. The gayageum has 12 strings while the Chinese zheng and Japanese koto have 13 strings. The extra string is beneficial for performance purposes. A possible reason that the gayageum has 12 strings instead of 13 is to represent harmony of heaven and earth, which has 12 months in a
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