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The Rise of Music in the Ancient World: East and West

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In this groundbreaking, all-encompassing work, an eminent musicologist explores the evolution of music. It ranges from the ecstatic singing and Shaman songs of early civilizations to the development of more structured styles in Egypt, East Asia, India, Greece, Rome, the Middle East, and Europe. Eight plates of illustrations depict players and orchestras from China, Korea, Burma, India, and Egypt.
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Overview


In this groundbreaking, all-encompassing work, an eminent musicologist explores the evolution of music. It ranges from the ecstatic singing and Shaman songs of early civilizations to the development of more structured styles in Egypt, East Asia, India, Greece, Rome, the Middle East, and Europe. Eight plates of illustrations depict players and orchestras from China, Korea, Burma, India, and Egypt.
A survey of music in early societies leads to examinations of comparative musicology and its methods, melodic styles, rhythm and instrumental music, and polyphony. Advancing to the Western Orient and Eastern Asia, the author discusses musical systems in general, along with the concepts of scales, melody and rhythm, and notation. Subsequent chapters explore India's Vedic chants and ragas, the early modes of Greece and Rome, and the influence of the music of Islam. The book concludes with a look at the puzzle of medieval tonality and the conflict between European vocal and instrumental styles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486466613
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/24/2008
  • Series: Dover Books on Music Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,244,709
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Section One: The Origins of Music
1. Music in Early Society
2. Comparative Musicology and its Methods
3. Melodic Styles
4. Rhythm and Instrumental Music
5. Polyphony
6. Conclusion
Section Two: The Western Orient
1. High Civilization and Music
2. Musical Systems in General
3. Music in the Ancient Western Orient
4. Conclusion
Section Three: East Asia
1. General Features
2. The Lü's
3. The Scales
4. Melody and Rhythm
5. Notation
6. Polyphony
7. Orchestras
Section Four: India
1. The Vedic Chant
2. Pictorial and Literary Evidences
3. Scales
4. Rägas
5. Rhythm and Form
6. Conclusion
Section Five: Greece and Rome
1. The Sources
2. Notation
3. The Genera
4. The Shades
5. Early Modes
6. The Perfect System
7. The Relics
8. Ethos
9. Health and Education
10. Counterpoint?
11. Accents and Rhythm
12. Form
13. Rome
Section Six: The Greek Heritage in the Music of Islam
1. Scales and Modes
2. Maqäm
3. Rhythm
4. Polyphony
5. Form
Section Seven: Europe and the Road to Major and Minor
Epilogue
Index
 
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