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In the Course of Performance : Studies in the World of Musical Improvisation - Bruno Nettl

In the Course of Performance

Studies in the World of Musical Improvisation

By: Bruno Nettl (Editor), Melinda Russell (Editor)

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Published: 1st January 1998
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"In the Course of Performance" is the first book in decades to illustrate and explain the practices and processes of musical improvisation. Improvisation, by its very nature, seems to resist interpretation or elucidation. This difficulty may account for the very few attempts scholars have made to provide a general guide to this elusive subject. With contributions by seventeen scholars and improvisers, "In the Course of Performance" offers a history of research on improvisation and an overview of the different approaches to the topic that can be used, ranging from cognitive study to detailed musical analysis. Such diverse genres as Italian lyrical singing, modal jazz, Indian classical music, Javanese gamelan, and African-American girls' singing games are examined. The most comprehensive guide to the understanding of musical improvisation available, "In the Course of Performance" will be indispensable to anyone attracted to this fascinating art.
Contributors are Stephen Blum, Sau Y. Chan, Jody Cormack, Valerie Woodring Goertzen, Lawrence Gushee, Eve Harwood, Tullia Magrini, Peter Manuel, Ingrid Monson, Bruno Nettl, Jeff Pressing, Ali Jihad Racy, Ronald Riddle, Stephen Slawek, Chris Smith, R. Anderson Sutton, and T. Viswanathan.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Art Neglected in Scholarship by Bruno Nettl The Concept and Its Ramifications
Recognizing Improvisation
Psychological Constraints on Improvisational Expertise and Communication
Do Javanese Gamelan Musicians Really Improvise?
Improvisation as Music and in Culture
Improvisation, Ecstasy, and Performance Dynamics in Arabic Music
Go On, Girl! Improvisation in African-American Girls' Singing Games
Improvisation in Latin American Dance Music: History and Style
Oh Freedom: George Russell, John Coltrane, and Modal Jazz
Improvisation and Group Interaction in Italian Lyrical Singing
Exploding the Belly: Improvisation in Cantonese Opera
Melodic Improvisation in Karnatak Music: The Manifestations of Raga
Studies of Individual Artists
Setting the Stage: Clara Schumann's Preludes
A Sense of the Possible: Miles Davis and the Semiotics of Improvised Performance
The Improvisation of Louis Armstrong
Keeping It Going: Terms, Practices, and Processes of Improvisation in Hindustani Instrumental Music
Taqsim Nahawand Revisited: The Musicianship of Jihad Racy
Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9780226574110
ISBN-10: 0226574113
Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 2.31
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2