Hindu music & the Gayan Samaj; Pub. in aid of the funds of the Madras jubilee Gayan Samaj, 1887...

9781130293166: Hindu music & the Gayan Samaj; Pub. in aid of the funds of the Madras jubilee Gayan Samaj, 1887...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 Excerpt: ...and the changes of temper which these conditions necessitate are explained. Every Indian musician takes care to adapt his melody to a particular time. During the period of mediaeval history of Northern India, Indian music underwent changes which may be best described as the transition of powerful IndoAryan music into a pleasant soft subtlety. The Indian music, glorying in its antiquity, rich in its variety of soft strained notes, sudden transitions, copious tunes, trilling and adapting to particular times of the day, has certain claims on your attention. It is true that our music is not so charming to European ears as to ours. In examining the cause of this fact, it was pointed out to me by an English gentleman, an accomplished musician, that the sixth note of our gamut is by some intervals lower than the sixth note of the European gamut, and that this makes a great difference. The subject of the intervals of notes will be examined, and a mode of progress will be seen, so that our music may be enriched by what is excellent in European music, and Indian instrumental music may be developed. These aspirations are about to be realized, when their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh have become the patrons of this association, when the leading gentlemen of Madras have originated an association of their own which is to co-operate with this association, and when the question of the National Anthem has directed the attention of all to this department of science, which is directly connected with all concerns and activities of human life. (Applause.) His Excellency the Governor replied as follows:--"Ladies and Gentlemen,--I am glad to see this afternoon an audience so respectable and representative of both European and native society t...

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