Hindustani Music in the 20th Century

  • Authors
  • Wim Van Der Meer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Part One

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-29
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      Pages 30-49
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      Pages 99-113
  3. Part Two

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Wim Van Der Meer
      Pages 117-127
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  4. Conclusion

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      Pages 190-193
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 194-252

About this book


AIM In spite of a reasonably extensive literature in English' and Indian vernaculars, there are extremely few books on Indian music that can be considered of a scientific standard. I found, when I took up an interest in Indian music in 1967, that even protracted reading of the studies in English was not conducive to an understanding of the principles of performance. Most of my study and research have been devoted to the gradual refinement of this very understanding. In the course of time it also became obvious that different scholars and different musicians held divergent views on many basic concepts of Indian music. Therefore, one of my tasks was to assess the degree of variability in Indian music. As a corollary I wanted to know how this variability could manifest itself as change in a relatively short and well-documented period. It is often assumed that traditional cultures, as e. g. in India, are rather inert and that the art forms hardly ever change. This study proves the contrary: Indian music has a strong vitality. If we examine the different treatises through the centuries this vitality would appear to be a basic characteristic. I felt that at least an effort to discover the roots of such change would be valuable as a contribution to the study of art history and possibly to the sociology of culture.


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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-2066-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8777-7
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