Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 August 2008

252 Pages | 96 me ex

6.14 X 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780195339680

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Time in Indian Music

Rhythm, Metre, and Form in North Indian Rag Performance

Martin Clayton

Oxford Monographs on Music

Time in Indian Music is the first major study of rhythm, metre, and form in North Indian rag , or classical, music. Martin Clayton presents a theoretical model for the organization of time in this repertory, a model which is related explicitly to other spheres of Indian thought and culture as well as to current ideas on musical time in alternative repertoriesnullincluding that of Western music. This theoretical model is elucidated and illustrated with reference to many musical examples drawn from authentic recorded performances. These examples clarify key Indian musicological concepts such as tal (metre), lay (tempo or rhythm), and laykari (rhythmic variation).