Yayue/Aak (Ancient Chinese Court Music)

Part of the Matheson Trust Sacred Audio Collection

Yayue, known as gagaku in Japan, aak in Korea and nha nhac in Vietnam, dates from a time when Chinese Imperial Court was the centre of a liturgy joining Heaven and Earth through the consecration of the Emperor. Incorporated within yayue are elements of shamanistic traditions as well as archaic Chinese folk music. It is played only at certain very rare concerts, such as the Munmyo Jeryeak (Sacrifice to Confucius) held each spring and autumn at the Munmyo shrine in Seoul.

Munmyo Jeryeak

Musicians from The National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts.

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