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People are stimulated and entertained by the fascinating sounds and rhythms of non-Western music yet they generally know little about its underlying principles.<P>This detailed and hugely informative reference book examines the musical traditions of these very diverse cultures and explains how each one is affected by the native philosophies, religions and social structures. In African music, for example, music is dominated by trance-inducing rhythm and largely percussive instruments. In Islamic countries, music is primarily vocal and is often ideologically viewed with suspicion. Indian music, on the other hand, balances melodic and rhythmical expressions both in its secular and sacred contexts and, unlike Western music, its rhythmic thinking is additive rather than divisionist. In contrast, Chinese music is rhythmically 'square', that is predictably in two or four beats. Japanese music reflects the highly sophisticated styles of the courts, whereas the music of Bali and Java shows an ingenious amalgamation of Indian, Chinese and Islamic influences with its native traditions. This comprehensive introduction includes sections on the rhythm, melody, harmony and traditional instruments of the different regions.<P>'Having travelled throughout the world as a performing musician, it is clear that music is not only a universal language but also a medicine to us all. Through his publication Otto Karolyi has stirred our curiousity to delve further into the music and culture of the different continents. His superb account will be of interest to anyone who shares a fascination with music, our worldly friend' Evelyn Glennie

Synopsis:

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.

Description:

1322957 Includes bibliographical references, discography and index.

About 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.

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140231076
Author:
Karolyl, Otto
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Karolyl, Otto
Location:
London :
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Music, african
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music -- Africa -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music -- Asia -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music-Folk and Ethnic
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
N-915.002
Publication Date:
20051231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.77x5.11x.94 in. .64 lbs.

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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 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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