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A genre of Korean court music
Origin: From 아악 (雅樂, aak).
Aak is a genre of Korean court music. It is an imported form of Chinese ritual music. Aak is often labeled as "elegant music" in contrast with other traditional Korean music. Aak began as the music played during the Korean "Jongmyo Shrine's Jerye Ceremony," and was later used for other occasions, and as Korean court music, often with lyrics praising the current ruler. Aak was brought to Korea in 1116 through a large gift of musical instruments from the Song Dynasty emperor Huizong. It remained very popular for a time before dying out. It was revived in 1430, based on a reconstruction of older melodies. The music is now highly specialized, and uses just two different surviving melodies. It is played only at certain very rare concerts, such as the Munmyo jeryeak held each spring and autumn at the Munmyo shrine in Seoul. Aak is one of three types of Korean court music; the other two are dangak and hyangak. Aak is similar to dangak in that both are rarely played and both have Chinese influences. The article on Aak in the Encyclopaedia Britannica is the very first, though it consists only of a cross-reference to the article on gagaku.
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