This book deals with the time dimension of rāg music. This repertoire features a rather complex system of metrical organization (tāl). It writes about musical time organization on at least three different levels: the organization of performances as a whole, the nature and function of metre, and the generation and manipulation of rhythmic patterns. It also considers the interrelationships between these levels: the way rhythmic patterns are generated from or assimilated to metrical structure, the contributions of metre and tempo to large-scale organization, and so on. The music with which this study deals is that of the so-called ‘classical’ genres of Hindustani music. In rhythm and metre as in other domains, it seems clear that certain misapprehensions about Indian music have been allowed to spread.
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