GCSE Music Analysis - Rag Desh - Performed by Steve Gorn and Benjy Wertheimer
- Steve Gorn and Benjy Wertheimer are two American musicians.
- This version of Rag Desh is from an album that they released in 2004.
- Gorn plays the Bansuri, while Wertheimer plays the Esraj and the Tabla.
This version of Rag Desh has the 5 following instruments:
- Shruti Box: an electronic instrument that plays a drone (a sustained note).
- Swarmandel: a Plucked string instrument.
- Esraj: a bowed string instrument.
- Bansuri: a Bamboo flute that has holes instead of keys.
- Tabla: a pair of drums.
This version of Rag Desh uses two tals (cycle of beats). The:
- Rupak Tal which is a 7 beat cycle (3 + 2 + 2)
- Ektal which is a 12 beat cycle (2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2)
- The Alap starts with a drone on the notes D and A.
- The Bansuri then introduces the mood and the notes of the rag.
- The Erraj then takes over.
- The tempo is slow, and there is no regular beat or pulse.
- The Gat begins with a Bansuri solo.
- About 30 seconds after the beginning of the Gat, the Tabla enters.
- The Bansuri starts to play the composed Gat shortly after the Tabla enters.
- The Bansuri an Tabla both improvise things around the Gat and the Tal.
- The section ends on a final Tihal (repetition of a rhythmic pattern).
- This is a fast Gat in Ektal (12-beat cycle of 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2).
- This section starts with a Tabla solo.
- The improvisations become more elaborate and virtuosic.
- The Bansuri plays Tans (fast scales).
- The piece ends with 3 Tihais.