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Musical Improvisation: Art, Education, and Society

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A musical practice used for centuries the world over, improvisation too often has been neglected by scholars who dismiss it as either technically undissectible or inexplicably mysterious. At different times and in different cultures, performing music that is not "precomposed" has constituted an artful expression of the performer's individuality (the Baroque); a wild, unthi ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published July 24th 2009 by University of Illinois Press (first published 2009)
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Jun 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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i hated this book!

this text features numerous articles on improvisation by a squad of intellectuals (none of whom, i am convinced, have ever actually practiced free improvisation) who are constantly preparing to say something meaningful about improvisation but never actually get around to it.

the book is also painfully clueless when it comes to discussing free improvisation - which never actually gets discussed in the book. most musicians today are well aware that free improvisation is a genre
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