A book-length study of vocal culture and technique, with special emphasis on south Indian music. Chapters include "Breathing and the Voice," "The Psychology of Singing," "Voice-culture Methods of Different Nations through the Ages," and "Vocal Impurities and Remedies", among others. Dr. S. A. Kumari Durga (1940-2016) was an ethnomusicologist and founder of the Centre for Ethnomusicology in Chennai (formerly Madras), India.
This was composer Douglas Leedy's copy and includes some of his notes in the margins in pencil ("Great!" on page 46 next to a quote by Elena Garnetti; and "where is Helmholtz?" in the bibliography). Leedy was involved in the West Coast avant-garde music scene and taught music at UCLA and Reed College, and his compositions were published in the journal "Source: Music of the Avant Garde" during the late-1960s.
Includes a forward by Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna (a singer of Karnatic music) and a 16-page appendix of images, plus a glossary and a bibliography. The texts originally appeared in the Journal of the Indian Musicological Society. Out of print. In a custom-made protective mylar cover. Item #839.
Condition: Very Good-, edgewear and toning to paper wraps; minor creases to cover; Leedy's signature in pen on cover; some notes in margins by Leedy.