xviii, 396p., Abb., 17 Figs., 21 Tables, Bib., Index, 23 cm. (Performing Arts Series Vol.IX)
CONTENTS:- On Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Musical semiotics and epistemology; A Peircean Semiotic theory of music, as applied to hindustani classical music; Hindustani Classical Music and the Rasa Theory: A Semiotic Interpretation; Musical Examples.
For thousands of years music in India has been considered a signifying art. Indian music creates and represents meanings of all kings, some of which extend outwardly, in the refined feelings which a musical connoisseur experiences when listening to it. In this book the author explores signification in Hindustani classical music along a two-fold path. Martinez first constucts a theory of musical semiotics based on the sign-theories of charles sanders peirce. He than applies his theory to the analysis of various types of Hindustani music and how they generate significations.