Saa?...gitaA?iromanI?i: A Medieval Handbook of Indian Music. Edited with Introduction and Translation

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The San˙gītaśiromanūi, "Crest-jewel of Music", is a major Sanskrit work on Indian musicology, composed in 1428 A.D. by scholars from all parts of India who participated in a musicological congress organized by Sultan Malika Sāhi at Kadūa (near Allahabad). Designed as a standard text-book on music the work summarizes and explains the opinions of older and contemporary authors. It deals with all the aspects of traditional Indian musicology, such as tone-system, scale, melody, rhythm, composition, variation and vocal technique. The complete English translation and the extensive introduction will familiarize the reader with the characteristic Indian concepts of music and the problems of their interpretation.

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'The edition and translation of this treatise is a major accomplishment by E. te Nijenhuis, a scholar with a record of distinguished publications in the history of Indian music theory.'
B. Nettl, Choice, 1992.
'This is a big, with a wealth of detailed information on ancient and medieval Indian musical science as understood in the early fifteenth century A.D....this is a valuable addition to the growing number of Sanskrit musical treatises now available in English...'
Lewis Rowell, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1994.
'...ausgezeichneten, stattlichen Handbuch...'
Siegfried Lienhard, Acta Orientalia, 1995.
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Meet the Author

Emmie te Nijenhuis, is a well-known European musicologist specialized in Indian Music. She published several books on the subject of Indian Musicology including Dattilam. A Compendium of Ancient Indian Music, (Brill, 1970), Indian Music. History and Structure, (Brill, 1974), The Rāgas of Somanātha, (Brill, 1976).
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Text and translation 75
Synopsis (padarthasangraha) 76
I Intonation (sruti) 86
II Notes (svara) 98
III Tone-system (grama) 108
IV Scales (murchana) 112
V Tonal patterns (tana) 120
VI Overlapping (sadharana) 158
VII Melodic line (varna) and musical figure (alamkara) 162
VIII Mode (jati) 182
IX Style of singing (giti) 230
X Classification of raga, etc. 234
XI Characteristics of the raga 242
XII Musical time (tala) 316
XIII Musical composition (prabandha) 356
XIV Miscellany (prakirna) 484
Notes to the translation 526
Abbreviations 583
Bibliography 584
Index (including glossary) 589
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