9780195139938

Music in North India Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

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    9780195139938

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    0195139933

  • Format: Package
  • Copyright: 12/11/2003
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

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 uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. Visit www.oup.com/us/globalmusic for a list of case studies in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study.
North India is home to a wealth of musical traditions composed of many different styles, genres, and practices. Music in North India provides a representative overview of this music, discussing rhythm and drumming traditions, song composition and performance styles, and melodic and rhythmic instruments. Drawing on his experience as a sarod player, vocalist, and music teacher, author George Ruckert incorporates numerous musical exercises to demonstrate important concepts. The book ranges from the chants of the ancient Vedas to modern devotional singing and from the serious and meditative rendering of raga to the concert-hall excitement of the modern sitar, sarod, and tabla. It is framed around three major topics: the devotional component of North Indian music, the idea of fixity and spontaneity in the various styles of Indian music, and the importance of the verbal syllable to the expression of the musical aesthetic in North India. Featuring vivid eyewitness accounts of performances and descriptions of interviews with performers, Music in North India examines the form, structure, and expression of North Indian music while also illuminating its profound religious and cultural significance. A 70-minute CD containing examples of the music discussed in the text is packaged with the book.

Author Biography

George E. Ruckert is Senior Lecturer in Music at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He became a student of the renowned Indian sarodist Ali Akbar Khan in 1967. A cofounder and administrator of Khan's center for North Indian classical music in California, he has also performed and taught this music widely in the U.S., Canada, India, and Europe. He has composed for orchestra, film, and dance productions and has published four books on the classical music of North India

Table of Contents

Foreword viii
Preface ix
CD Track List xi
Modernity and Tradition
1(17)
A Culture of Bewildering Variety
1(6)
Threads to Follow in this Text
7(3)
The Devotional Component
7(1)
Fixed Composition and Improvisation
7(1)
The Verbal Syllable
8(1)
Rhythmic Jatis
8(2)
Syllables for Pitch Names
10(1)
The Old and New in an Ancient Land
10(6)
Indian Music on the Move
16(2)
Affect
18(15)
Religious Connotations
18(1)
Sacred Texts
19(2)
Verbal Syllables
21(3)
The Vocal Genre of dhrupad
22(2)
The Vocal Genre of Tarana
24(1)
Song Texts
24(3)
A Musician's Practice
27(1)
The Nine Moods
28(1)
Extramusical Effects
29(3)
Conclusion
32(1)
Teaching, Learning, and Performing Music
33(7)
Teaching and Learning Music
34(4)
Old Traditions in New Packages
38(2)
Rhythm and Drumming
40(12)
Tala
42(1)
Theka: The Tal as a Succession of Drum Sounds
42(2)
Counting Patterns in Tal
44(1)
The Tabla
45(1)
Kayda
46(1)
Tihai
46(4)
Other Drumming Traditions
50(1)
Conclusion
51(1)
Song and Performance
52(13)
Composition and Improvisation
52(3)
What is a Raga?
55(1)
Raga in Performance
55(2)
The On-the-spot Development of the Composition
57(4)
Bara khyal
57(1)
Vistar
58(2)
Tan
60(1)
Khyal and Instrumental Styles
60(1)
Song Texts in Classical Styles
61(1)
Other Song Genres
62(2)
Conclusion
64(1)
Instrumentals, Melodic and Rhythmic
65(16)
Drone Instruments
66(2)
Melody Instruments
68(1)
The Rise of Instrumental Music
69(1)
The Sitar and the Sarod
69(5)
The Sitar and the Sarod
72(2)
Other Melody Instruments
74(5)
Ensembles
79(1)
Conclusion
80(1)
The Old World Joins the New
81(8)
The Postcolonial Era
81(1)
The Effect of the New Democracy on Music
82(2)
Electronics: Preserving and Spreading the Traditions
84(1)
Some Views from an Old Master
85(4)
Glossary 89(7)
Resources 96(3)
Index 99

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