Saṅgītaśiromaṇi: A Medieval Handbook of Indian Music

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Emmie Te Nijenhuis
BRILL, 1992 - Music - 620 pages
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

Text and translation
75
Synopsis padārthasangraha I Intonation Śruti II Notes svara
87
Tonesystem grama IV Scales mürchana
109
Tonal patterns tāna
121
Overlapping sādhārana VII Melodic line varna and musical figure alamkāra VIII Mode jāti
530
Style of singing giti X Classification of rāga
531
Characteristics of the rāga
532
Musical time tāla
537
Musical composition prabandha
538
Miscellany prakirna Notes to the translation
570
Abbreviations
583
Bibliography Index including glossary
584
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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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