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Theorizing the LocalMusic, Practice, and Experience in South Asia and Beyond$
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Richard Wolf

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331370.001.0001

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Varõams and Vocalizations

Varõams and Vocalizations

The Special Status of Some Musical Beginnings

(p.239) Chapter 13 Varõams and Vocalizations
Theorizing the Local

Richard K. Wolf

Oxford University Press

Certain kinds of beginnings foreshadow, suggest, portend, or otherwise have implications for the future. Drawing on south Indian classical (Karnatak), folk (Tamil temmānku, tālāññu, oyilattam), and tribal (Kota, Nilgiri) musical examples, this chapter considers how some key gestures of beginning serve as the basis for local theorizing. Gestures of beginning include certain kinds of pieces (varõam), formalized tuning up, and strings of vocables.

Keywords:   beginnings, vocables, Karnatak music, varõam, temmānku, Kota, Nilgiri, theorizing, tuning up, south India

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