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Category Core concepts 11 May 2019

East and West: Three basic differences between Indian and Western Classical music

There are three fundamental ways in which Indian classical music differs from its Western counterpart: first, there is absolutely no concept of harmony (in the musical sense) in Indian classical music. There are no chords – only notes and the 'spaces between' them (or microtones, known as sruti) with each note played one at a time to maintain clarity and purity. Unlike Indian film music, there is no orchestration and even the now fairly common ...

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