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Composer John Pitts
Title How to Play Indian Sitar Raags on a Piano
Year 2016
Instrumentation Piano
Mins unknown
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The perfect present for adventurous pianists:


A collection of 24 raags for solo piano, or duet or duo - one for each hour of night and day.

Indian raags have an extraordinary musical heritage dating back several centuries (from the area that is now India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) - a truly unique musical genre of fascinating melodic beauty and rhythmic intricacy freely combining elaborate composed melodies with carefully rehearsed improvisation.

This rich and intriguing music is traditionally performed on sitar or instruments such as the sarangi, sarod, esraj or voice and has previously been generally unavailable to pianists. But now the amazing world of Indian raags has been opened up in this sympathetic but thorough reinvention for piano solo (or duet or two pianos) by an award-winning British composer.

This collection of 24 raags will be enjoyed by good amateur pianists through to virtuosic professionals. It is suitable for any pianist who enjoys discovering new music, or who has an interest in music from other cultures, or who knows the pleasure of jazz noodling and wants to explore a rewarding and fresh (but centuries-old) form of improvisation. This book contains:

Sheet music for piano solo: a set of 24 raags, newly composed within a traditional raag genre, one for each hour of night and day, sunset to sunset, encompassing a wide array of moods, and based on over twenty fascinating scales.

Step by step instructions to play each of the pre-composed and improvised sections of Indian raags, written for pianists who are used to playing European classical music and jazz.

Instructions to play any of these raags in a duet or at two pianos.

Hundreds of musical examples.

Publisher Intensely Pleasant Music
Hear recording No recording available online
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0117 904 8902

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