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RASA: Affect and Intuition in Javanese Musical Aesthetics

Marc Benamou


Rasa attempts to get at the heart of central Javanese traditional music (karawitan) by attending to what those closest to the tradition—the musicians themselves—say about it. Based on several years of research conducted in the regional cultural center of Solo, Indonesia, this book untangles the multiple aesthetic criteria applied by musicians in various contexts. Central to their aesthetic discourse was the complex notion of rasa: taste, feeling, affect, mood, sense, inner meaning, faculty of taste, faculty of sensing, faculty of knowing intuitively, deep understanding—all rolled ... More

Keywords: gamelan, discourse karawitan, aesthetics, rasa, linguistic, perceptual, intuitive, express, connotative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189438
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Benamou, author
Earlham College