desh (satb)

Catalog ID: S-252
Translation: sleep
First Line: mola, mola, mola
Composer: ethan sperry
Author: indian raga
Voicing: satb
Accompaniment: a cappella
Language: hindi
Country: india
Series: global rhythms, GRCS
Other: 2007


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Most Indian ensembles consist of one or two percussionists to provide the rhythm and one or two melodic instrumentalists (violin, flute, sitar, etc) or vocalists to provide the melody, which is superimposed over a shruti box that drones the root and fifth of the scale for the duration of the piece.  This arrangement of Desh attempts to reproduce these traditional Indian sounds using only the human voice.  The drone is replicated through a combination of lower voices singing held syllables and upper voices singing with harmonic overtones.  A variety of nonsense syllables are used to effectively mimic the sound of Indian percussion instruments.

This raga is also available for ttbb voices (S-330).

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