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Re: Indian classical music
On Mon, 7 Oct 1996, Dave Stagner wrote:
> The other source was a book by English free improvisor Derek Bailey,
> called (appropriately enough) "Musical Improvisation". Bailey devoted
> two chapters of this rather thin volume to Indian classical music,
> praising it extensively as an improvisational structure. He spent
> much time dealing with the basic musical theory, which is more
> philosophical than "musical" in nature. Because there really isn't a
> written form for the music, there is debate over even the number of
> notes in an octave.
> But I digress, again. :} Anyway, Bailey's book is a terrific read if
> you can get it, but I'm sure it is long out of print.
Small correction: The book by Derek Bailey is actually called
_Improvisation: its nature and practice in music_, published in 1980, but
then a second edition appeared in 1992 from the London publisher, British
Library National Sound Archive.
But, alas, even the second edition is out of print already. However,
i am sure a copy of at least one of these editions is available in
your local library.
There is another *excellent* book for those interested in the fundamentals
of Indian Classical music--the terminology and such. It was written by a
woman whose name eludes me for the moment, but i have it at home somewhere,
i believe. So i'll post the info tomorrow.
Wonderful thread, indeed!
Pete the Tea Boy