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Dhrupad is believed to be the oldest style of classical vocal music performed today in North India. This detailed study of the genre is built around issues of tradition and performance. There is an overview of the historical development of the dhrupad tradition and performance styles from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth, followed by analyses of performance techniques, processes and characteristics. The authors examine the relationship between the structures provided by tradition and their realization by the performer to provide a reconsideration of the nature of 'tradition' in dhrupad. Augmented with a transcription of a complete dhrupad performance, this is the first book-length study of an Indian vocal genre to be co-authored by an Indian practitioner and a Western musicologist.
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Richard Widdess is Reader in Music at SOAS University of London.
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Book Description Ashgate, 2004. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Black boards and spine, the latter lettered in silver; the boards have lost their surface sheen on top and lower margins, symtomatic of water damage to jacket. The underside of the jacket has water marks parallet to the top and lower edges, only visible on the white part of the front; slight scoring to the laminate of the rear panel and a 1 cm closed tear to its top edge. Internally CD attached to front pastedown and gift inscription to ffep; another incription signed by Richard Widden on title page; remaining contents clean, tight and unmarked. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 005692