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Time in Indian Music: Rhythm, Metre, and Form in North Indian Rag Performance (Oxford Monographs on Music) Paperback – 21 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (21 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195339681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195339680
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Clayton proves himself to be a master of perceptive observation. A hugely enriching study, and a tremendously stimulating "must read" for composers concerned with the nature and sturcture of rhythm. (Anthony Gilbert, the works)

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Martin Clayton is Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Open University.

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Exhauative om the subject and exhausting for the reader. The delivery os highly pretentjos. Tgw music under mi a microscope
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating 22 Feb. 2003
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This book is an in-depth academic analysis of meter in North Indian music. Based on the author's doctoral research, the book includes theoretical perspectives, types and uses of tal, rhythm and meter in performance, and cross-culture perspectives. Clayton crafts his descriptions of meter and rhythm carefully so that they are general enough to cover all genres of North Indian music. As a result of this generality, much of the analysis can be applied to South Indian music as well. He points out that meter in North Indian music is hard to reconcile with "universal metrical" theory, such as that proposed by Lerdahl and Jackendoff, and he argues that any universal theory of meter must take into account North Indian music. Much of the book is highly technical and may only be accessible to specialists in music theory. Nevertheless, novices who are interested in Indian music will still find much of interest, as Clayton explains such topics as the sequence of events in an Indian classical concert, and the cyclic nature of Indian rhythms quite clearly. The accompanying CD contains clips that demonstrate many of the rhythms and meters discussed in the text.
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1.0 out of 5 stars this book is not really about Indian music.... 22 Dec. 2013
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This book sucks on so many levels but mainly because at its heart it's not truly about Indian music. The author makes observations about the music as an outsider which incidentally he probably could have made about 80s hair metal. I bought this book to supplement my knowledge of Hindusthasni music as a sitarist for almost 20 years. Rhythm has always been my weakness and I'm always looking for different ways of wrapping my head around it and also for new patterns to practice. I read half of this book before giving up and not once was there any discussion about any of the rhythmic patterns used in Indian music by the tabla player or instrumentalist. All discussion remains at the surface level of the music couched in academic double-speak. This is quite literally the first book I have purchased in ages where I want my money back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comparing Iranian Rhythm and Indian Rhythm 29 Oct. 2012
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It was 2002 that I first read the Clayton's book on Indian Rhythm. It was fascinating but I could not closely touch the rhythmic arrangements in that part of the world. Once I was introduced to a book by an Iranian scholar called Mohammad R Azadehfar on Persian rhythm entitled Rhythmic Structure in Iranian Music. The book accompanied by more than 100 audio tracks of Iranian music analyzed in the book. I had a chance of putting both books side by side and understood both books better. I recommend readers to take a comparative study on the concept of rhythm in Iran and India in order to get a full picture of musical structure in that part of the world.Rhythmic structure in Iranian music (2nd Edition)
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely In-Depth Look at Issues Concerning Hindustani Music 13 July 2012
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This book by Martin Clayton (who is a professor through UK's open university) is a wonderfully in-depth look at issues of time (in general) in Hindustani music. I had assumed that the book would be strictly about the Tala system (and believe me, there is plenty of that), but Dr. Clayton discusses a great deal more.

This book tackles the historical significance of the infusion of Sufi-ideology as well as Hindu concepts of time-of-day performance. It also takes a serious look at the Ati-Vilambit-Kehyal tradition (not carefully examined by many scholars outside of India).

This book is not for the uninitiated, it is unlikely that a novice will fine much of the information useful. For that, I would recommend Haresh Bakshi's "101 Raga-s for the 21st Century and Beyond." But for those who have spent a few years under a Guru, this book is a must-have.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but missing the CD & audio tracks that ... 25 Dec. 2014
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Good, but missing the CD & audio tracks that Martin refers to within the text... Probably a good buy for somebody already familiar with Indian music rather than a novice, but a good read.
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