A reminder that our class discussion topic for Monday 2/12 is “what is improvisation?”. Which also brings up the question, “what isn’t improvisation?”. The online Encylopedia Britannica has a pretty good definition; you can read it, along with a brief summary of the role of improvisation in Western music, by clicking here. You could also check out the entry in Grove Music Online, which you can access through the library page.
Please write your own definition in a comment to this post.