Saṅgītaśiromaṇi: A Medieval Handbook of Indian Music

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Emmie Te Nijenhuis
BRILL, 1992 - Music - 620 pages
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The Sa g ta iroman i, 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 S hi at Kad a (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.For full information on the author's current projects in the field of Indian music, see www.sarasvatibhavan.com "
 

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Contents

Preface VH Introduction
1
Text and translation 75 525
75
Synopsis padarthasahgraha
76
Intonation sruti
86
Notes svara
98
Tonesystem grama
108
Scales murchana
112
Tonal patterns tdna
120
Style of singing giti
230
Classification of rdga etc
234
Characteristics of the rdga
242
Musical time tdla
316
Musical composition prabandha
356
Miscellany prakirna
484
Notes to the translation
526
Abbreviations
583

Overlapping sddhdrana
158
Melodic line yarna and musical figure alamkara
162
Mode jati
182

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About the author (1992)

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 R gas of Soman tha," (Brill, 1976).

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