Improvisation in the Arabic Musical Tradition, Some Thoughts (part 1)

Arabic Music, Improvisation, Music, Oud, Taqasim 2 Comments

It should be noted that in Arabic music, as well as in other idioms which emphasize improvisation, the term improvisation is not used to describe these musical practices. There are improvised forms, improvisations within composed forms, or improvisations while playing a composed line (see part 2 of this post for details). These forms have names and parameters and rules. They are not random notes played whimsically. Here’s an anecdote to illustrate the politics of the western term “improvisation”. Read the rest…

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