About the Book:
The Music of the Nations is a comparative study of music and musical systems of the civilized world. Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Arabia, Persia, China, Japan, Korea, Siam, Burma, Central Asia, England, and Russia.
The learned author has approached with a new hope and attempt to represent many new materials for research work and also for knowledge of the inquisitive reader.
About the Author:
Swami Prajnanananda owned great reputation in the fields of scholastic studies and research. He learnt classical music under noted Ustads and has extensively read and made research on musical treatises. He was awarded the Sisir Memorial Prize in 1960, the Fellowship by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi in 1963, and was awarded the Sarojini Gold Medal by the University of Calcutta. He was conferred D. Litt. by Robindra Bharati University, Calcutta. He is an author of many research books written in English, Sanskrit and Bengali.
The Music of The Nations is a comparative study
of music and musical systems of the civilized nations
of the world. The book deals with music of India, Me-
sopotemia, Greece, Rome, Arabia, Persia, China, Japan,
Korea, Siam, Burma, Central Asia, England and Russia.
There was a close contact by land and sea between
India and other Western countries, Middle East, and
Central Asia, and India supplied various materials of
art, culture and civilization to those countries. Be-
sides, music of India was not limited within the corners
of India, but it crossed the borders of India, and contri-
buted her art and culture to other countries. The
Buddhist age was a golden one, and in this age, India
had a contact with Mesopotemia, Chaldia, Assyria,
Greece, Babylon, Arabia, Persia and other countries.
Both the Eastern and the Western historians unani-
mously are of the opinion that as India borrowed
many things from other countries, so she also contri-
buted many things to those ancient countries through
the medium of trade, commerce and religious mission.
This book has been written for comparative as well
as comprehensive knowledge of music. There runs a
proverb that comparison makes a man perfect in his
knowledge and experience. It is true that a compala-
tive knowledge is a best and surest means for getting
wide and perfect knowledge of everything. Swami
Abhedananda said that one must know everything of
something and something of everything, and it means
that one should acquire deep knowledge in one of the
subjects and shall acquire knowledge in various branches.
Art and science of music should be approached from all
sources possible. Sir S. •M. Tagore of Calcutta publish-
ed Universal History of Music in 1896, and gave some
comparative ideas of music and musical systems of
different ancient nations of the world. It might be
recognised as a source book of information on music
of the world nations.
But fresh researches have been made upon the
subject, and many of the source books have been
published which were not available in Sir S. M. Tagore's
time. Historians and musicologists like Curt Sachs,
Smith, Carl Engle, Scholes, Dr. Farmar, Macdowell,
Chapell and others have made fresh research work on
music, and have contributed many materials of music
and musical instruments of different nations. So the
field of research works on music and musical systems
of different nations has been wide open at present.
Further researches should be made, and new books
should be written with new vision and new materials
so as to help the teachers and the students of music.
It is true that this book is not sufficient to meet the
greater requirement and demand of the research stu-
dents of music, but yet I venture to approach with a
new hope and inspiration, and so I hope that the
inquisitive readers will find some clues and materials
to equip their knowledge in the field of research on
I offer my thanks to Shri Durga Pada Bhattacharyya
for typing the manuscripts of the book and also (or
corrections where necessary. I also offer my thanks
to Sarvashri Suresh Chandra Chaudhury, Brahmachari
Pranabesh Chaitanya, Devashis Hore, Ashutosh Chose,
Hem Chandra Ghose, and Manicklal Dutt, for encourag-
ingrne to write and publish this book.
I offer my thanks to Shri Devendra Jain, the
Editorial Director, for carefully publishing the book
on behalf of Messrs. Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi.
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