Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Classical Improvisation

I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "improvisation," I usually think of jazz music, not classical. But apparently there is a long history of classical improvisation.

That's the theme this week at Performance Today. Yesterday, they featured a piano player named Gabriela Montero improvising a piano riff just from hearing someone on the phone sing a bit of a song. Riff is probably not the right word, since it is classical, but I don't know what else to call it. Amazing stuff!

Click here, and choose Hour 2.

Bonus: the BBC Proms are going on, and while you can hear excerpts on Performance Today, this page will let you listen to the last 7 days of the proms (audio only for those of us outside the UK). More great music! I am bummed I missed the Dr. Who prom, though.

1 comment:

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