Sheet Music: Arirang

ComposerTraditional Korean
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature3/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2009-12-15
Last updated2009-12-15
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Love songs, Pentatonic, Traditional/Folk


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Tuesday 15 December 2009

Tune of the Day: Arirang

Traditional Korean folk song

“Arirang” is without any doubt the most popular and best-known Korean folk song, both inside and outside Korea. The word arirang in itself is an ancient native Korean word with no direct modern meaning; to get an idea of how the piece should be interpreted, consider that ari means “beautiful”, while rang can mean “dear”.

The South Korean government designated Arirang as the official march of the US Army 7th Infantry Division after its service in Korea during the Korean War in the 1950s, although the official Division song was the “New Arirang March”, an arrangement of Arirang into an American-style march.

In February 2008, the New York Philharmonic emblematically performed Arirang as an encore during its unprecedented trip to North Korea.