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Time in Indian Music: Rhythm, Metre, and Form in North Indian Rag Performance

Martin Clayton


This book is a study of rhythm, metre, and form in North Indian rāg, or classical, music. The author 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 repertories — including 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 tāl (metre), lay (tempo or rhy ... More

Keywords: rhythm, metre, form, rāg, Western music, theoretical model, recorded performances, musicological concepts, tāl

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195339680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Clayton, author