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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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There is a curious yet enormously fruitful duality in the way that improvisation plays on our expectations and perspectives.

– Tracey Nicholls