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Old 03-16-2017, 08:24 AM   #1
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Lightbulb The lost art of improvisation

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Bruckner and many others were renowned and admired for their improvisational skills, but today this form of musical expression in classical music is lost.

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I wish this skill were more valued and taught. I frequently have to improvise at the organ, and while I always get something out, I know it could be a lot better.
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I wish this skill were more valued and taught. I frequently have to improvise at the organ, and while I always get something out, I know it could be a lot better.
I'm not sure it can be taught but it should certainly be encouraged. At the Vienna concert I went to in 2003 when they recreated the Dec 1808 concert, the pianist Robert Levin did ask for a theme for improvisation from members of the audience which some wrote down and they were placed in a basket and one selected at random - this was however done during an interval behind closed doors but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt!
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