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RASAAffect and Intuition in Javanese Musical Aesthetics$
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Marc Benamou

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189438.001.0001

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The Classification of Rasa Gendhing

The Classification of Rasa Gendhing

(p.57) Three The Classification of Rasa Gendhing

Marc Benamou

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Chapter 3 focuses on only one of the meanings of rasa identified in chapter 2, namely, “musical affect, ” or rasa gendhing. It thus leaves aside other dimensions of the concept and investigates the range of rasas that may be expressed musically, as well as how they may be combined into a piece. To understand this panoply more fully, we must in turn ask how the various musical affects are related to each other—in other words, how the rasa lexicon is structured into intersecting categories. An important point that emerges as rasas are mapped into shifting constellations of relatedness, is just how paramount connotative meaning is. Like chapter 2, then, this chapter is mainly semantic in nature.

Keywords:   rasa gendhing, affect, categories, connotative, musical affect, lexicon, semantic

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