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
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time35 minutes
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[2] (Hangul사의 찬미; RRSaui Chanmi; lit. Praise of Death) is a 2018 South Korean television series based on the 1991 film Death Song, starring Lee Jong-suk and Shin Hye-sun. It aired on SBS from November 27 to December 4, 2018, and will be available on Netflix worldwide throughout December.[3][4]


The series depicts the tragic romance between Joseon's first soprano Yun Sim-deok and a genius playwright Kim Woo-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]

  • Kim Won-hae as Yoon Suk-ho (Sim-deok's father)
  • Hwang Young-hee as Kim Ssi (Sim-deok's mother)
  • Ko Bo-gyeol as Yoon Sung-duk
  • Shin Jae-ha as Yoon Ki-sung

People of Dong Woo Hee Theater[edit]

People around Sim Deok[edit]

  • Lee Sang-yeob as Gim Hong-gi[7]
  • 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.[8] Filming began in late April, 2018.[8]

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[9]
Nationwide Nationwide Seoul
1 November 27, 2018 5.9%[10] 7.4% (10th) 8.3% (9th)
2 6.5%[10] 7.8% (9th) 8.9% (6th)
3 December 3, 2018 4.2%[11] 4.7% (NR) N/A
4 5.1%[11] 5.6% (NR)
5 December 4, 2018 N/A 4.7% (NR)
6 6.2% (16th) 7.0% (14th)
Average - 6.1% -


  1. ^ "NETFLIX TO BRING TRAGIC LOVE STORY HYMN OF DEATH". Netflix Media Center. Netflix.
  2. ^ "The Hymn of Death". SBS International. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lee Jong-suk, Shin Hye-sun to appear in 'Hymn of Death'". Kpop Herald. November 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Netflix Tunes up Korean Series 'Hymn of Death'". Variety. November 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Park Jin-young (March 15, 2018). "[공식입장] 이지훈 측 "'사의 찬미' 출연 확정..이종석X신혜선과 호흡"". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-03-16.
  6. ^ "한은서 '사의 찬미' 출연 확정, 신혜선과 호흡". TV Daily (in Korean). April 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  7. ^ "[SBS Star] Lee Sang-yeob Joins 'Hymn of Death' with Lee Jong Suk". SBS News. 27 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b "[Oh!쎈 톡] '사의찬미' 이종석X신혜선, 첫 삽 떴다..어제(27일) 대본리딩". Chosun. March 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  9. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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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