Korea - Land of the Morning Calm: Royal Ancestral Shrine Music
presented by Peter Duffy (9 Feb 2003)

Korea's royal ancestral shrine, located in Seoul, houses the ancient tablets (containing toenails, fingernails, and hair) of 19 revered kings from the Chosun Dynasty (1392-1910). Every year in early May, a ceremony is held there to honour the ancestral kings and both music and dance play integral roles in the occasion. Two suites of 11 movements each, "Preserving Great Peace" and "Achieving Great Works", form the core of the musical performance used in the cermony. Royal ancestral shrine music dates back to the 15th century and the musical performances have remained virtually unchanged for the past 500 years.

1. Yongshin Huimun (Ushering in the Spirits)
2. Pot'aep'yong (Preserving Great Peace)
3. Chongdaeyop (Achieving Great Works)
4. Songshin Chinch'an (Ushering out the Spirits)