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"This Music Demanded Action": Ralph Ellison's Aesthetic Imperative

Robert O'Meally

Published: 2008-08-25

VIDEO: Dr. O'Meally discusses the work of Ralph Ellison in relation to improvisation and social aesthetics. TEXT: A course description for Dr. O'Meally's lectures.

Available Files

  • Omeally_Course_Description.pdf

    103 KB | application/pdf

  • This_Music_Demanded_Action_full.mp4

    897 MB | video/mp4


Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace