Musical Creativity And Ability For Greater Performance Essay

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“In imaginative philosophical terms, Improvisation might be metaphorically described as the act of stepping out of the fixed and fossilized world of the Past, standing for a moment on a tight-rope Wire representing the moment of the Present, while preparing to test the waters of the future with an exploratory toe.” (Harris) In other words, improvisation is as an action done within the moment. Improvising comprises of musicians composing music spontaneously, whether that be creating variations of a melody, interesting rhythms and distinct harmonies. Throughout the history of music, improvisation has played a key role in how music was composed. Although many western classical composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin were known for their great classical compositions, they were also recognized for their tremendous improvisational skills.

Improvisation is one of the essential fundamentals that distinguishes jazz from other genres of music. Through improvisation in jazz, musicians are afforded the opportunity to thrust their level of musical creativity and ability for greater performance. “Artists such as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and others changed jazz from a functional music to a music in which the players were praised for their artistic ability, for their virtuosity, for their inventiveness in improvisation, for an artistic competence, thus, which by now could be measured with the help of aesthetic criteria.” (Turkenburg)

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