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Of two Arias and Nine Ragas: analysing Monteverdi through a Karnatik lens


Mani, C, Of two Arias and Nine Ragas: analysing Monteverdi through a Karnatik lens, Music Analysis, 41, (3) pp. 470-494. ISSN 0262-5245 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/musa.12204


Commencing from an elaboration of extant theoretical and analytical positions in Monteverdi studies, this article closely analyses two of the most well-known arias from Claudio Monteverdi's earliest opera, L'Orfeo (1607), from the melodic perspective of the Karnatik music of South India. In identifying ragas within Monteverdi's melodic structures, this approach evidences the author's practice-based explorations of the arias while harking back to global influences that have shaped the identity formation of Western music. This approach to music analysis serves two primary purposes. First, it offers one way to decolonise and reimagine the music that emerged from an essentially multicultural early modern Europe. Second, in privileging artist-researchersí embodied oral aural knowledges, which emerge from practice, the approach makes a case for analytical approaches which aid in practice and which offer complementary lenses through which to view locate knowledges that are complex, embodied and non-Western in their theoretical and analytical bases.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Monteverdi, analysis, ragas, Karnatik, analysis
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
UTAS Author:Mani, C (Dr Charulatha Mani)
ID Code:154173
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Music
Deposited On:2022-11-05
Last Modified:2022-12-15

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