There are dozens of operatic songs like taepyeongga; some are for male voices and others for female. Such music from the classical repertory displays Korea`s sublime vocal tradition, with its well-structured formats and sophisticated powers of expression that has been refined by great singers over centuries. Korea`s musical tradition also includes sijo, or verses that are sung in a much less formal manner than classical music. Sijo were popular songs for common people and could be sung anywhere, anytime, without accompaniment. So, sijo did not require strict forms and rigorous singing techniques. Songs from various parts of the country have markedly different characteristics.
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Article source: Seoul Metropolitan Government Tourism Division