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Music in North India: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music Series)

George E. Ruckert

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ISBN 10: 0195139925 / ISBN 13: 9780195139921
Published by Oxford University Press, 2003
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Title: Music in North India: Experiencing Music, ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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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 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.

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George E. Ruckert is at Massachusettes Institute of Technology. Bonnie C. Wade is at University of Washington.

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