Organ Improvisation - An Introduction

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Whereas musicological attention to improvisation tended to neglect organ improvisation,new initiatives, both musically and musicologically, indicate an imminent rehabilitation.
Such rehabilitation is more than justified: organ improvisation is the only unbroken
western improvisation tradition, connecting contemporary music to music of premedieval times. This essay is an introduction to this new field of research. It provides a brief history of organ improvisation by focusing on some ‘capita selecta’, as well as a critical overview of current developments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)62-77
Number of pages16
JournalNew Sound
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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