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Improvisation and Ethnomusicology

Howard Spring

Published: 2010-09-02

An overview of improvised musical practices across a broad range of cultures, and a historical analysis of scholarship on improvised music. This piece offers a lengthy and attentive definition of the term 'improvisation' and discusses its varying forms and meanings across time and cultures.

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...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble