Competing Epistemologies of Tuning, Intonation and Melody in the Performance of Thai Classical Music on Non-Fixed-Pitch Instruments

John Garzoli

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Differences between Thai fxed-pitch and non-fxed-pitch musical
practice have been described, but there has been no accepted explanation
of these differences in relation to the accepted Thai tuning theory.
This theory maintains that the Thai scale is equidistant, but it was not
formulated to explain the practices and concepts of musicians who sing
or play non-fxed-pitch instruments. The absence of an explanation for
these practices is attributed to the tendency among scholars to accept
assumptions about tuning that were developed for European rather
than Thai music. This article is relevant to Southeast Asian studies
as it deals with the problem of imported extrinsic theory displacing
indigenous explanatory models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-436
Number of pages30
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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