Pansori, 'Cheonja dwupuri'

National Gugak Center

National Gugak Center

National Gugak Center
Seoul, South Korea

Pansori is a one-person drama music composed of a long epic and dramatic story accompanied with melody and rhythm.
Chunhyangga is a song that contains the love story of Seong Chun-hyang and Lee Mong-ryong. “Cheonja dwipuri” is the passage where Lee Mong-ryong reads the Thousand Character Classic to pass the boring time until his meeting with Chun-hyang at night. The title means to recite the meanings of the Thousand Character Classic, but in a whimsical way. “Dwipuri” means a different meaning rather than the original meaning of the Chinese characters. It is a kind of pun, intellectual amusement, and a gentle wordplay.
This is the passage where Lee Mong-ryong is reading difficult books such as 『Sigyeong (one of the Five Books of Confucianism)』 but can’t understand it because his head is filled with the thoughts of Chun-hyang. So, he gradually reads less sophisticated books such as 『Daehak (one of the Nine Chinese Classics)』•『Confucius』•『Saryak (concise history)』. Eventually, he asks Bangja to bring him the 『Thousand Character Classic』.

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  • Title: Pansori, 'Cheonja dwupuri'
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