Improvisation as a creative process within contemporary music

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Author(s)MacDonald RAR, Wilson GB, Miell DE
Editor(s)Hargreaves, D; MacDonald, RAR; Miell, DE;
Publication type Book Chapter
Book TitleMusical Imaginations: Multidisciplinary perspectives on creativity, performance and perception
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Derek Bailey’s now well-known claim undoubtedly highlights one of the fundamental paradoxes of improvised music. It is a universal and diverse form of musical expression, yet it retains a shadowy presence within the study of music from both a research and a performance perspective. This chapter focuses on the importance of improvisation as a particular site for creativity in music. We explore contemporary notions of improvisation in a broader than usual context (i.e. looking not just at jazz), draw out some important aspects of improvisation for furthering our understanding of musical creativity generally, and suggest that improvisation affords the opportunity to challenge musical and cultural hegemonies and develop new ways of collaborating and thinking creatively in music.
PublisherOxford University Press
Place PublishedOxford
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