The Hymn of Death

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The Hymn of Death
He Hymn of Death.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as
  • He Hymn of Death
  • Death Song
Hangul사의 찬미
Written byJo Soo-jin
Directed byPark Soo-jin
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes6[a]
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time35 minutes[a]
Production company(s)The Story Works
Original networkSBS TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseNovember 27 (2018-11-27) –
December 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)
External links
Production website

The Hymn of Death[3] (Korean사의 찬미; RRSaui Chanmi; lit. Praise of Death) is a 2018 South Korean television series based on true events, starring Lee Jong-suk and Shin Hye-sun. It aired on SBS from November 27 to December 4, 2018, and was available on Netflix worldwide throughout December.[4][5]


The series depicts the tragic romance between Joseon's first soprano Yun Sim-deok and the genius playwright, Kim U-jin.




Woo Jin's family[edit]

  • Kim Myung-soo as Kim Sung-gyu (Woo-jin's father)
  • Park Sun-im as Jung Chum-hyo (Woo-jin's wife)

Sim Deok's family[edit]

People of Dong Woo-hee Theater[edit]

People around Sim-deok[edit]

  • Lee Sang-yeob as Gim Hong-gi[8]
  • Jang Hyun-sung as Lee Yong-moon
  • Lee Cheol-min as government officer
  • Kim Kang-hyun as Lee Seo-koo
  • Jang Hyuk-jin as Dauchi
  • Bae Hae-sun as Vocal Music Professor


The first script reading took place on March 27, 2018.[9] Filming began in late April, 2018.[9]

Original soundtrack[edit]

The Hymn of Death OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
LabelDanal Entertainment

Part 1[edit]

Released on November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)
1."The Heart Only Knows" (가슴만 알죠)
  • Hong Jin-young
  • Hong Jin-young
2."The Heart Only Knows" (Inst.) 
  • Hong Jin-young
Total length:10:06

Part 2[edit]

Released on December 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
1."Stay With Me"
  • Oh Sung-hoon
  • Oh Sung-hoon
  • Lee Hyuck-joon
Song Ha-ye3:45
2."Stay With Me" (Inst.) 
  • Oh Sung-hoon
  • Lee Hyuck-joon
Total length:7:30

Part 3[edit]

Released on December 4, 2018 (2018-12-04)
1."Falling In Love"
  • Oh Sung-hoon
  • Oh Sung-hoon
  • Park Ga-young
2."Falling In Love" (Inst.) 
  • Oh Sung-hoon
  • Park Ga-young
Total length:7:30


  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS AGB Nielsen[10]
Nationwide Nationwide Seoul
1 November 27, 2018 5.9%[11] 7.4% (10th) 8.3% (9th)
2 6.5%[11] 7.8% (9th) 8.9% (6th)
3 December 3, 2018 4.2%[12] 4.7% (NR) N/A
4 5.1%[12] 5.6% (NR)
5 December 4, 2018 N/A 4.7% (NR)
6 6.2% (16th) 7.0% (14th)
Average - 6.1% -


  1. ^ a b In order to circumvent Korean laws that prevent commercial breaks in the middle of an episode, what would previously have been aired as single 70 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 35 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between the two.[1]


  1. ^ Park, Jin-hai (May 16, 2017). "Drama viewers angry over commercial breaks". The Korea Times. PressReader. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "NETFLIX TO BRING TRAGIC LOVE STORY HYMN OF DEATH". Netflix Media Center. Netflix.
  3. ^ "The Hymn of Death". SBS International. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Lee Jong-suk, Shin Hye-sun to appear in 'Hymn of Death'". Kpop Herald. November 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Netflix Tunes up Korean Series 'Hymn of Death'". Variety. November 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Park Jin-young (March 15, 2018). "[공식입장] 이지훈 측 "'사의 찬미' 출연 확정..이종석X신혜선과 호흡"". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  7. ^ 한은서 ‘사의 찬미’ 출연 확정, 신혜선과 호흡. TV Daily (in Korean). April 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  8. ^ "[SBS Star] Lee Sang-yeob Joins 'Hymn of Death' with Lee Jong Suk". SBS News. 27 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b "[Oh!쎈 톡] '사의찬미' 이종석X신혜선, 첫 삽 떴다..어제(27일) 대본리딩". Chosun. March 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  10. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Park, Dong-jae (November 28, 2018). "11월 27일 지상파 시청률 순위, 월화극 1위 이종석X신혜선 '사의찬미'". Break News (in Korean). Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Yu, Chung-hee (December 4, 2018). 신하균의 ‘나쁜형사’, ‘땐뽀걸즈’ ‘사의찬미’ 제치고 지상파 월화극 1위. Ten Asia (in Korean). Retrieved December 6, 2018.

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