Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab

Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab

by A. J. Racy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521316855

ISBN-13: 9780521316859

Pub. Date: 05/20/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A. J. Racy is well known as a scholar of ethnomusicology and as a distinguished performer and composer. In this pioneering book, he provides an intimate portrayal of the Arab musical experience and offers insights into how music generally affects us all. The focus is tarab, a multifaceted concept that has no exact equivalent in English and refers to both the

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A. J. Racy is well known as a scholar of ethnomusicology and as a distinguished performer and composer. In this pioneering book, he provides an intimate portrayal of the Arab musical experience and offers insights into how music generally affects us all. The focus is tarab, a multifaceted concept that has no exact equivalent in English and refers to both the indigenous music and the ecstatic feeling associated with it. Richly documented, the book examines various aspects of the musical craft, including the basic learning processes, how musicians become inspired, the love lyrics as tools of ecstasy, the relationship between performers and listeners, and the influence of technological mediation and globalization. Racy also probes a variety of world musical and ecstatic contexts and analyses theoretical paradigms from other related disciplines. Written in a lucid style, Making Music in the Arab World will engage the general reader as well as the specialist.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521316859
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/20/2004
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #17
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
1,002,909
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Culture; 3. Performance; 4. Music; 5. Saltanah; 6. Lyrics; 7. Tarab in perspective.

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