Rasa: Affect and Intuition in Javanese Musical Aesthetics (AMS Studies in Music) (Paperback)

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The complex notion of rasa, as understood by Javanese musicians, refers to a combination of various qualities, including: taste, feeling, affect, mood, sense, inner meaning, a faculty of knowing intuitively, and deep understanding. This leaves us with a number of questions: how is rasa expressed musically? Who or what has rasa, and what sorts of musical, psychological, perceptual, and sociological distinctions enter into this determination? How is the vocabulary of rasa structured, and what does this tell us about traditional Javanese music and aesthetics?

About the Author


Marc Benamou is Associate professor of music at Earlham College; his writings interweave aesthetics with various other domains, such as gender, food, language, ornithology, and ethics; has performed extensively in Java and abroad as a vocalist of traditional Javanese music, and has founded and directed a number of gamelan ensembles in the U.S.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780190628451
ISBN-10: 0190628456
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: October 1st, 2016
Pages: 348
Language: English
Series: AMS Studies in Music