Improvisation

 

THEME AND VARIATIONS AND ITS RELATION TO IMPROVISATION

performed by

AL CARMEN GUASTAFESTE

Pianist - Lecturer

  Theme and Variations in the classical interpretation is a theme with written variations. These variations usually include melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, mode, imitation, fragmentation, augmentation, meter, contrapuntal, scales, thirds, sixths, octaves, and other compositional devices. These variations stand as models for improvising in the style of a particular period of music, or a specific composer.

  An understanding of traditional theme and variations can also help in jazz improvisations as long as a change of feel and placing of accents is included.

  The selections and length of the program may be changed according to the needs of the audience. All selections are preceded by explanations and demonstrations.

PROGRAM

Mozart

Variations on, "Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman"

Jazz Improvisations

Just Friends

Rhythm Changes

Improvisations on one song using various rhythms

Periods In Music

Improvisations in the Classical, Romantic, Viennese, and Early American 1900s periods

Improvisations On Audience Requests

 

 

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