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Music of the Nations (A Comparative Study)

Music of the Nations (A Comparative Study)
Item Code: IMD27
Author: Swami Prajnanananda
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 9788121503358
Pages: 234
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.7" X 5.7"

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 music

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.


I.The Music of the Nations1
II.India's Relations with Other Countries15
India Supplied Materials of Music to Other Nations21
Indian Music crossed the Borders of India25
III.Music of India36
IV.Culture of Music in Egypt74
V.Music in Ancient Rome and Greece85
VI.Music of Ancient Mesopotamia102
VII.The Fundamentals of Music of the Arabs106
VIII.A Study of Music of Persia121
IX.Music in Central Asia and Western Lands131
X.Music of Soviet Union and Soviet East168
XI.Music of India and China184
XII.Musical Tradition of Japan200
XIII.Music of Korea, Siam and Burma210

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