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Unplayed Melodies

Javanese Gamelan and the Genesis of Music Theory

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Unplayed Melodies by Marc Perlman
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Description

The gamelan music of Central Java is one of the world's great orchestral traditions. Its rich sonic texture is not based on Western-style harmony or counterpoint but revolves around a single melody. The nature of that melody, however, is puzzling. In this book, Marc Perlman uses this puzzle as a key both to the art of the gamelan and to the nature of musical knowledge in general. Drawing on the insights of Java's most respected musicians, Perlman shows how irregularities in the relationships between the melodic parts have suggested the existence of "unplayed melodies." To clarify the differences between these implicit-melody concepts, Unplayed Melodies tells the stories behind their formulation, identifying each as the creative contribution of an individual musician in a postcolonial context.

Author Biography

Marc Perlman is Associate Professor of Music at Brown University.
Release date Australia
October 15th, 2004
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
1 table, 44 music examples
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
274
Dimensions
152x229x22
ISBN-13
9780520239562
Product ID
1906930

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