Traditional African and Oriental Music

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Interest in world music is at its peak. Listening to non-Western music in concerts and on radio, television, and CDs has become an important part of our musical experience, yet the general tendency is still one of passive acceptance. The aim of this book is to offer a detailed and informative introduction to the underlying principles that give non-Western music its marked coherence and characteristic profile and to encourage the reader to explore rich and fascin-ating sounds from around the world. Traditional ...

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Overview

Interest in world music is at its peak. Listening to non-Western music in concerts and on radio, television, and CDs has become an important part of our musical experience, yet the general tendency is still one of passive acceptance. The aim of this book is to offer a detailed and informative introduction to the underlying principles that give non-Western music its marked coherence and characteristic profile and to encourage the reader to explore rich and fascin-ating sounds from around the world. Traditional African and Oriental Music focuses on five distinct cultures: sub-Saharan Africa, the Islamic world, the Indian subcontinent, China and Tibet, and the Far East (Japan, Java, and Bali). Each chapter examines the rhythm, melody, harmony, and instruments of each region's music, plus elements of the culture that contribute toward an appreciation of the music, such as religion, poetry, drama, dance, and social structure. World-music scholar Otto Karolyi provides readers with insight into what is going on, and why, when they hear music of non-Western cultures, allowing them to grasp each culture's intricate musical traditions. For music lovers, students of anthropology, and anyone interested in the important contributions of these storied cultures, this is an indispensable resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140231076
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Paris, Otto Karolyi has studied music in Budapest, Vienna, and London. Currently Senior Lecturer of Music at the University of Stirling, Scotland, his publications include Introducing Modern Music (Penguin), Modern British Music from Elgar to Peter Maxwell Davies, and Modern American Music—From Charles Ives to the Minimalists.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments
Chapter One: African Music
Introduction Rhythm Melody Harmony Instruments General Considerations: religion; language, poetry and music; drama, dance and music; improvisation; music and musicians in the community
Chapter Two: Islam and Music
Introduction Rhythm Melody Harmony Instruments General Considerations: religion; Qur'an recitations; the call to prayer; the Prophet's birthday; hymns in praise of the Prophet; Sufi worship; postlude
Chapter Three: The Indian Subcontinent
Introduction Rhythm Melody Harmony Instruments General Considerations: religion: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam; qawwali; dance and music; ragamala paintings
Chapter Four: China and Tibet
Introduction Rhythm Melody Harmony Instruments General Considerations: religion: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism; Peking opera; Tibet; dance in China and Tibet; epic song Chapter Five: The Far East
Introduction: Japan Background Rhythm Melody Harmony Instruments Instrumental and theatrical ensembles: Gagaku, Bunraku, Kabuki and Noh General considerations: religion: Shinto, Buddhism in Japan, Zen

Indonesia: (i) Java; (ii) Bali Background Rhythm Melody Harmony Instruments Theatrical ensembles and music Bali

Afterword Select Bibliography Discography Notes Index

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