Imaging Sound: An Ethnomusicological Study of Music, Art, and Culture in Mughal India / Edition 2

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The rulers of the Mughal Empire of India, who reigned from 1526 to 1858, spared no expense as patrons of the arts, particularly painting and music. They left as their legacy an extraordinarily rich body of commissioned artistic projects including illustrated manuscripts and miniature paintings that represent musical instruments, portraits of musicians, and the compositions of ensembles. These images form the basis of Bonnie C. Wade's study of how musicians of Hindustan encountered and Indianized music from the Persian cultural sphere. Imaging Sound is a contribution to many fields in its unique combination of sources and methods: it is the study of musical change; of image-making in the past and the methodological use of images as "texts" in the present; of the role of patronage in the Mughal Empire; and of the development of South Asian culture.
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Wade (music, U. of California-Berkeley) combines the methods of ethnomusicology, art history, history, and popular lore to trace the graduate integration of Persian and Indian cultures from 1526 to 1858, the time of Akbar and his successors, Jahangir and Shah Jahan. She focuses on the changing depictions of musicians, ensembles, and musical instruments and the role of women in Mughal culture. Highly illustrated with many color plates. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226868400
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Wade earned her B.Mus. from Boston University in 1963, her M.A. in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1967, and her PhD in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1971. She taught at Brown University until 1975, when she moved to to the University of California Berkeley, where she is professor of music.

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration and Rubric
Note on Dates and Calendars
Genealogy of the Mughal Family
Pt. 1 The Political Agenda: The Early Mughal Era
Ch. 1 Mughal Exercise of Power in the Creation of Texts: Communication and Political Synthesis 1
Ch. 2 Music-Making in Mughal Family History and Life 36
Ch. 3 The Interface of Harem and Court 72
Pt. 2 The Cultural Agenda: The "Great Mughals," From Akbar to Aurangzeb
Ch. 4 Music in Akbar's Court and Paintings 105
Ch. 5 Synthesis with a Musical Text 136
Ch. 6 Transformations: The Indianization of Mughal Musical Culture 160
App List of Illustrated Manuscripts and Albums 207
Notes 213
Glossary of Musical Instruments and Terms 241
Bibliography 245
Index of Illustrations 265
General Index 269
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