An Approach to the Analytical Study of Jung-Sun Park's Choral Work: Arirang Mass

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The significance in Jung-Sun Park's Arirang Mass is the discovery of artistic value in folk song and its applicability to art music. By using fragments of the Arirang folk songs, or by imitating its musical character, composer could create and develop musical characteristics that are recognizably Korean. The work exhibits his remarkable compositional style, which shows a relationship between Korean traditional style and Western style. This analysis demonstrates specific examples of the elements of Korean traditional folksong, such as Sikimsae, Jangdan, Han, and pentatonic scales which are permeated into this mass setting, and how composer uses fragments of the Arirang ... continued below

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Im, Changeun August 2006.

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The significance in Jung-Sun Park's Arirang Mass is the discovery of artistic value in folk song and its applicability to art music. By using fragments of the Arirang folk songs, or by imitating its musical character, composer could create and develop musical characteristics that are recognizably Korean. The work exhibits his remarkable compositional style, which shows a relationship between Korean traditional style and Western style. This analysis demonstrates specific examples of the elements of Korean traditional folksong, such as Sikimsae, Jangdan, Han, and pentatonic scales which are permeated into this mass setting, and how composer uses fragments of the Arirang tune.

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Im, Changeun. An Approach to the Analytical Study of Jung-Sun Park's Choral Work: Arirang Mass, dissertation, August 2006; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5368/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .