- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; PAP/COM edition (December 11, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195139933
- ISBN-13: 978-0195139938
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Music in North India: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music Series) PAP/COM Edition
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About the Author
George E. Ruckert is at Massachusettes Institute of Technology. Bonnie C. Wade is at University of Washington.
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Also I highly, highly recommend the "Raga Unveiled" dvd set which along with the above book/cd may have you falling into, appreciating and beginning to get an understanding of this complex, spiritual and beautiful musical form.
But beware: this is a TEXTBOOK, and, by all appearances, one intended for a music class. There are rhythmic exercises (not easy), keys to understanding notation (if you've ever wanted to see "My Country 'tis Of Thee" notated in sargam, this is your book), and a constant barrage of italicized terminology (most of which is only briefly explained). Remember, this is a very slim volume: under 100 pages. So these 'lessons' come at the expense of historical analysis, elaborate definitions of terms and jargon (again, italicized terms are plentiful, but are defined briefly and without any attempt to help a reader understand beyond a simple translation), and longer biographies of notable artists.
I suppose I was looking for a different sort of book, one that eases the eager new explorer of this fascinating and beautiful music in with a thorough (but not dry) analysis of the cultural history, instruments, and trends of Hidustandi music as we know it today. This is not that book.
On page 7, Rucker reveals why: "For discussion of the basic elements of music and terminology, see [General Editor Bonnie] Wade's Thinking Music, in this Global Music Series." Well, darn. I wish I'd known when I purchased this book that it was merely a supplemental text to a larger textbook.
I did, with some effort, finish the book (though I will admit to skipping over some of the rhythmic exercises, which I found enormously difficult and, not having aspirations to actually PLAY Indian music, irrelevant to me), and managed to learn a bit despite the author's stuffy, needlessly thick style, but I am unfortunately left with more questions than answers.