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Resonances of the Raj : India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947 - Nalini Ghuman

Resonances of the Raj

India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947


Published: 1st June 2014
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During the century of British rule of the Indian subcontinent known as the BritishRaj, the rulers felt the significant influence of their exotic subjects.Resonances of the Raj examines the ramifications of the intertwined and overlapping histories of Britain and India on English music in the last fifty years of the colonial encounter, and traces the effects of theRaj on the English musical imagination. Conventional narratives depict a one-way influence of Britain on India, with the 'discovery' of Indian classical music occurring only in the post-colonial era. Drawing on new archival sources and approaches in cultural studies, author Nalini Ghuman shows that on the contrary, England was both deeply aware of and heavily influenced by India musically during the Indian-British colonial encounter.

Case studies of representative figures, including composers Edward Elgar and Gustav Holst, and Maud MacCarthy, an ethnomusicologist and performer of the era, integrate music directly into the cultural history of the British Raj. Ghuman thus reveals unexpected minglings of peoples, musics and ideas that raise questions about 'Englishness', the nature of Empire, and the fixedness of identity. Richly illustrated with analytical music examples and archival photographs and documents, many of which appear here in print for the first time, Resonances of the Raj brings fresh hearings to both familiar and little-known musics of the time, and reveals a rich and complex history of cross-cultural musical imaginings which leads to a reappraisal of the accepted historiographies of both British musical culture and of Indo-Western fusion.

"This pioneering book on a new subject is to be is highly recommended." --BBC Music Magazine "While printed books on music last, this is the way to do them." -- Times Higher Education

Note on Companion Website Note on Spelling and Pronunciation List of Figures Permissions and Credits Acknowledgements

Introduction 1 A Subtle and Exquisite Spirit: Maud MacCarthy and Indian Music in Britain 2 Elephants and Mughals, Contraltos and G-Strings: How Elgar got his Englishness 3 From India to the Planet Mars: Gustav Holst 4 Songs that Moved the World: Amy Woodforde-Finden's Four Indian Love Lyrics 5 Persian Composer-Pianist Baffles: Kaikhosru Sorabji 6 Modes, Mantras, and Gandharvas: John Foulds' Passage to India

Selected Bibliography

ISBN: 9780199314898
ISBN-10: 0199314896
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st June 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.4  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.62