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Music in North India : experiencing music, expressing culture

Author: George Ruckert
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Series: Global music series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : CD audio : Music   Sound Recording : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Music in North India is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study  Read more...
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Genre/Form: World music
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Book, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: George Ruckert
ISBN: 0195139925 9780195139921 0195139933 9780195139938
OCLC Number: 52257638
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: xii, 100 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Contents: Modernity and tradition. A culture of bewildering variety ; Threads to follow in this text ; The old and new in an ancient land ; Indian music on the move --
Affect. Religious connotation ; Sacred texts ; Verbal syllables ; Song texts ; A musician's practice ; The nine moods ; Extramusical effects ; Conclusion --
Teaching, learning, and performing music. Teaching and learning music ; Old traditions in new packages --
Rhythm and drumming. Tāla ; Thekā: the tāl as a succession of drum ; Counting patterns in tāl ; The tablā ; Kāydā ; Tihāī ; Other drumming traditions ; Conclusion --
Song and performance. Composition and improvisation ; What is a rāga? ; Rāga in performance ; The on-the-spot development of the composition ; Song texts in classical styles ; Other song genres ; Conclusion --
Instrumentals, melodic and rhythmic. Drone instruments ; Melody instruments ; The sitār and the sarod ; Other melody instruments ; Ensembles ; Conclusion --
The old world joins the new. The postcolonial era ; The effect of the new democracy on music ; Electronics: preserving and spreading the traditions ; Some views form an old master.
Series Title: Global music series.
Responsibility: by George E. Ruckert.
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This title provides an overview of the many styles of North Indian music, from the chants of the ancient Vedas to modern devotional singing; from the serious and meditative rendering of raga to the  Read more...

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