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Posted by Reed on April 22, 2001 at 13:23:25:

In Reply to: improvisation classical posted by slam stewart biggest fan on April 22, 2001 at 07:23:12:

: I am writing an essay comparing Jazz and Classical improvisation and wondered if anyone could suggest some classical pieces and recordings that feature improvisation, or even improvisational inspired passages, ie cadenzas etc. Many thanks

A lot of the Bach pieces were originally improvisations,i.e. Toccata and fugue in D min, the inventions, and all the keyboard parts to the Brandenberg
Concerto, most notably the Harpsichord cadenza in #5. Here's an interesting story on the Pseudo-Classical Jazz side. When George Gershwin Premiered his Rhapsody in Blue, He insisted that he be the soloist, as the piano part was very difficult and there wasn't enough time for another pianist to learn it. What he didn't say, is that he hadn't finished writing the piano part to it, and he improvised most of it at the Premier!

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