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Unplayed melodies : Javanese gamelan and the genesis of music theory /

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...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Perlman, Marc.
Format: Online Book
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004.
Online Access:Online version
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Table of Contents:
  • Cognitive preliminaries: the nature of musical knowledge and the processes of creative thinking
  • A brief introduction to karawitan
  • Karawitan as a multipart music: the relations between the melodic parts
  • The balungan as melodic guide
  • Theorizing melodic guidance: the social and historical context of Javanese music theory
  • Three concepts of unplayed melody
  • Implicit-melody concepts in perspective
  • Patterns of conceptual innovation in music theory: a comparative approach.