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Area of Study 4: Indian Raga

What is a rag?
A pattern of ascending and descending notes associated with
particular moods and used as the basis for melodic improvisation in
Indian classical music. There are also melodic phrases that are
identified with individual raga.
In Indian music a system known…

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Drone ­ either a harmonium or a tanpura.

Structure of a North Indian piece
o Slow,
o medative,
o Introductory section that establishes the mood.
o The notes of the rag are introduced by the soloist,
o Free rhythm.
o Unaccompanied apart from the drone.
o Improvised…


Samuel Richardson


This is a great set of notes on Indian Raga. It includes good definitions and descriptions of key aspects of Raga, and notes on its traditional structure. 

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