The practice of musical improvisation : dialogues with contemporary musical improvisers /

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New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic,, United States, p.1 online resource (2020)

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Improvisation (Music), Interviews., Music, Musicians, Performance, Psychological aspects.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Starting an Improvisation -- The Mental State During an Improvisation -- Listening to the Other Musicians, the Human Factor, the Strategies -- Memory and Form -- Process vs. Aesthetic Result, Improvisation as a Tool to Make Music vs. Music as a Tool to Improvise, Improvisation vs. Composition -- Talking about Improvisation and Music in General -- Non-idiomatic Improvisation, Experimental Music, Genre Labels -- Silence and Dynamics -- Sounds as Material -- Instrument and Technique -- Solo improvisation -- The Concert Situation, the Audience, the Published Recordings -- Some Political Issues -- How I Came to Play This Music -- How I Listen to Music, the Music I Listen to, Some Hidden Hardens -- Miscellaneous -- List of the Musicians Interviewed -- An Ear for Discord: Improvise, They Say -- Diagrams."A range of 50 musical improvisers discuss the complex processes at work in their practice."--Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 24, 2020).