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1910–1911: Years that Changed Seoul’s Music

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This chapter explores what the musical environment of Seoul might have been like 100 years ago, around 1910. 1910 is commonly understood as a pivotal year in modern Korean history, the year when the Chosŏn dynasty was dissolved and Japanese colonial rule officially began. Although Chang Sahun and Song Bang-song deal with four issues that occurred in 1910 and 1911 which the author focus on: the dissolution of the Royal Music Institute in 1910, the establishment of associations for female entertainers in 1911, the founding of the Chosŏn Chŏngak Institute in 1911, and the publication of a songbook called Song Collections for General Education in 1910. Chang and Song described these four incidents in a rather peripheral way and do not stress their importance, and believed that they are central to an understanding of why and how music in Seoul was transformed.

Keywords: Chosŏn Chŏngak Institute; Chosŏn dynasty; Japanese colonial rule; Korea; Royal Music Institute; Seoul



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