Musical Improvisation: Art, Education, and Society

Musical Improvisation: Art, Education, and Society

by Gabriel Solis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252076540

ISBN-13: 9780252076541

Pub. Date: 09/03/2009

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

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

Overview

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, unthinking form of expression (jazz antagonists); and the best method to train inexperienced musicians to use their instruments (the Middle East). This wide-ranging collection of essays considers musical improvisation from a variety of approaches, including ethnomusicology, education, performance, historical musicology, and music theory. Laying the groundwork for even further research into improvisation, the contributors of this volume delve into topics as diverse as the creative minds of Mozart and Beethoven, the place of improvised musics in Western and non-Western societies, and the development of jazz as a musical and cultural phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076541
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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