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Raga Guide: A Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas
     

Raga Guide: A Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas

 
This unique four-CD set is a primer in the artistry of Indian classical music, a perfect introduction for the novice. Included are 74 ragas, their major themes condensed into easily-digested miniatures. A full raga can explore a theme for hours -- this handy compendium allows the listener to fully appreciate in a matter of minutes the subtleties of development and

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This unique four-CD set is a primer in the artistry of Indian classical music, a perfect introduction for the novice. Included are 74 ragas, their major themes condensed into easily-digested miniatures. A full raga can explore a theme for hours -- this handy compendium allows the listener to fully appreciate in a matter of minutes the subtleties of development and improvisation at the heart of an Indian classical performance. An illustrated book gives notation and other info; those who can't read music will delight in the beautiful full-color plates accompanying each piece.

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All Music Guide - John Vallier
In music-speak, ragas are essentially scalar melody forms -- something like scales or melodic modes in Western music. However, North Indian ragas do differ from Western modes and scales in several important ways: ragas often take on different ascending and descending forms, act as melodic armatures for vocal and/or instrumental improvisation, are frequently believed to have divine origins and characteristics, and are commonly associated with a certain season or time of the day. The Raga Guide acts an impressive introduction to the sophisticated sonic world of Hindustani ragas. In conjunction with its 184-page booklet, The Raga Guide offers narrative descriptions, musical notation, and -- most importantly -- audio examples of 74 distinct ragas. The CD's tracks are presented by four illustrious soloists: flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia, sarod player Buddhadev Das Gupta, and vocalists Vidyadhar Vyas and Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar. In short, The Raga Guide is an excellent resource for both dabblers and devotees of Hindustani music.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2004
Label:
Nimbus Records
UPC:
0710357553622
catalogNumber:
5536
Rank:
68674

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