Rasa: Affect and Intuition in Javanese Musical Aesthetics

Rasa: Affect and Intuition in Javanese Musical Aesthetics

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Author/Contributor(s): Benamou, Marc
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Date: 10/01/2016
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
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?