Universal History Of Music
The present volume records the fruits of author?s deep research and in-depth study of the history of music of all nations of the world inhabiting the globe. A pioneering attempt, it gives a historic development of music, both oral as well as instrumental, as it is practised by all countries. He was a pioneer in this field in India and enjoyed national as well as international reputation as a lover and provonent of music. There is not a single nation of the world which does not boast of its own history of music. Even among the world?s primitive people, there is no feast and no religious ceremony which is not attended by dancing and singing. According to the traditions of Japan there is the story of goddess of the Sun, Amaterasu, who offended by other divinities, hid herself in a cave. She came out of it only when she was charmed by music invented by gods. In Burmese dramas, the hero is presented golden harp and when he sings and plays upon it ?the wild elephants of the forest come around him and are obedient to his voice and harp?. There are innumerable stories in India and also other countries where the beasts of forests and birds of sky have been charmed by the spell of music. The European countries notably Greece, Italy, Germany, France and Russia have produced many great masters of music who became part of history. Since time immemorial poets, bards, court singers wandering minstrels have been entertaining the kings as well as their subjects. Today with the aid of electronic devices music, specially film and pop music, continue to ring in all homes and bazaars of our villages and cities. The outstanding work on history of music can easily be ranked among the great and pioneering works of its kind anywhere in the world. Such a unique book written by an undisputed authority on the subject which he wrote nearly hundred years ago must be the prized possession not only of the institutions and connoisseurs of music and other fine arts but also by all the lovers of music throughout the world.
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