QUICK BYTES: An English harpsichordist revives music from the Indian past


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The culture and heritage of India has long been in admirable standing. Of late, however, there have been arguments about the increasing loss of such a unique heritage, owing to the influence from the West. What if it were to occur the other way around?

Deemed as the ‘one of Britain’s most distinguished classical harpsichordists’ by the Wall Street Journal, Jane Chapman, recently released the ‘The Oriental Miscellany’. Compiled and adapted by William Hamilton Bird, she is also joined by the talented musician, Yu-Wei Hu. It is a beautiful composition which revels in the splendour of the 18th century Indian music.

This music, played in the courtrooms of emperors and enthralling the British, has since been lost in the illusion of ‘modern times’.

It is almost as though these compositions have been dug out of the graves of the long-lost and dead tunes of the Indian past, in order to re-establish its glory and magnificence. The intricacies of the music bathes itself in the sheer beauty of the regal heritage of India. If you wish to sneak a desperate peak at the brilliance, you can listen to samples at Amazon.

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