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In the Course of Performance: Studies in the World of Musical Improvisation (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology) Paperback – 14 Jan 1999


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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (14 Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226574113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226574110
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Although the noun "improvisation" and its cognates are relatively new words in European languages, they have quickly become indispensable terms for talking about music and about many other areas of social life. Read the first page
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fine set of essays 7 May 2001
By William Benzon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent set of articles on improvisation, with one on the psychology of improv, and articles on Gamelan, Arabic music, jazz, Cantonese opera, Latin dance, Hindustani music, children's games.
Improvisation is not the same everywhere. And there are differences from culture to culture, and performer to performer, in just how much of a performance is improvised. These essays address these and other issues.
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Performance 8 Mar 2013
By Lívia Scarinci Nestrovski - Published on Amazon.com
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The subject of improvisation analyzed in different cultures is very rich, especially as they are studyed by great researchers. Chris Smith's article on Miles Davis's performatic subtlety was especially interesting. Bruno Nettl's introduction is also a good paper on how ethnomusicology has dealt with improvisation until today. I really recommend this book.
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