Posted by Richard Threadgill on April 25, 2001 at 13:11:40:
In Reply to: improvisation classical posted by slam stewart biggest fan on April 22, 2001 at 07:23:12:
Robert Levin, who's still relatively young and playing about, has taken the liberty of improvising Concertos cadenzas for some time. As far as I know, he is one of the few, perhaps there are two others, who finished Mozart's Final Symphony. I had the pleasure of hearing him play once, and he asked six people in the audience to write down their favorite classical pieces. He then lined them up on his piano in random order and played each one in succession, from memory none the less, almost flawlessly moving from one to the other. He has played quite a few of Mozart's works, most of which are on CD, and improvises every time. Granted, his improvisation of a cadenza, considering the crowd he is playing for, usually fits a more strict code as far as notes one 'should' or 'should not' play. Furthermore, he's writen a great deal on the subject of improvisation in classical music, stating most notably the greats of the time, Mozart, Bach, etc. relied heavily on improvisation and considered it perhaps best way to judge a musicians capabilities. Best of luck.
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