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Episode 134: Ilaiyaraaja : A Musical Movement (10)

In this episode we dive into the atomic elements of composition that we can observe in Raaja’s music. How does he use sentence structures and motifs in his compositions? Can we really tell apart where Carnatic ends and Western touches begin in his music. Briefly we also cover one stark difference between MSV and Raaja.

Topics Covered:

What are sentences and how have they been used by Beethoven and Mozart?

How do sentence structures show up in Raaja’s music?

What is a motif and why does it often form the kernel of the full composition?

How has Raaja used various motifs in his film songs?




⁠Bala Chidambaram⁠

Musical References:

Subramanyena ⁠(⁠Notes⁠)



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