Title: Dae Jang Geum: Beyond the screen
Dae Jang Geum was a popular Korean drama series (2003) that focused on a girl who was orphaned at a young age. She entered the palace at a tender age, serving as a kitchen apprentice before rising to become the King’s personal physician. Utilising the skills that she picked up as a chef and as a medical nurse, she was able to diagnose and cure the various illnesses that had plagued the King throughout the series. The rise of a prominent female figure in a Choson dynasty was heralded a miracle, as women held little influence and power compared in a society dominated widely by men.
This essay would focus primarily on a music pieces utilised widely throughout the drama series. Close connections would be drawn from the melody, harmony and the instruments used. This would then be compared to the Korean culture that was seen during the late 19th to the early 20th century of the Chosun Dynasty.
First Musical Analysis: Yun Bap (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUOaRZsenxk)
Yun Bap was a…show more content… The first “A” section can be listed from 0:04-1:21. The melodic theme heard is grandiose in nature, featuring heavy drum beats with percussion added to it. A bridge (linking passage) is then introduced before the emergence of the “B” section, heard at 1:22. The “B” section contrasts widely from the “A” section due to reduced usage of percussion. The usage of the Haegeum also brought about a more lyrical passage, probably to simulate a soloist section, showcasing the various skills of the players. The “A” section then once more repeats back at the 3:31 to the end. The embellishments included a repeated passage at the end, and also, the usage of a dotted rhythm, much alike many traditional Korean folk songs and dances. The usage of dotted rhythm particularly at 3:31-3:35 has given the piece a much lighter