Time in Indian Music

Time in Indian Music : Rhythm, Metre, and Form in North Indian Rag Performance

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Time in Indian Music is the first major study of rhythm, metre, and form in North Indian rag , or classical, music. Martin Clayton presents a theoretical model for the organization of time in this repertory, a model which is related explicitly to other spheres of Indian thought and culture as well as to current ideas on musical time in alternative repertoriesnullincluding that of Western music. This theoretical model is elucidated and illustrated with reference to many musical examples drawn from authentic recorded performances. These examples clarify key Indian musicological concepts such as tal (metre), lay (tempo or rhythm), and laykari (rhythmic variation). More generally, the volume addresses the implications of performance practice for the organization of rhythm and metre. Written in a clear and accessible style and illustrated with 102 music examples and diagrams, it will appeal to anyone interested in Indian aesthetic forms and the study of musical time.
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  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 22mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 96 musical examples
  • 0195339681
  • 9780195339680
  • 739,609

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Clayton proves himself to be a master of perceptive observation. A hugely enriching study, and a tremendously stimulating "must read" for composers concerned with the nature and sturcture of rhythm. * Anthony Gilbert, the works *
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About Martin Clayton

Martin Clayton is Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Open University.
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