improvisation improvisation  /ˌɪm prɑ vɪ ˈzeɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a creation spoken or written or composed extemporaneously (without prior preparation)
  2. (n) an unplanned expedient
  3. (n) a performance given extempore without planning or preparation

Usage(s):

  1. American troops in Iraq have become masters of improvisation, like bolting jury-rigged armor to humvees to shield themselves from sniper fire and shrapnel.
  2. By the time he was a teen, he had developed a knack for improvisation way beyond his years.
  3. His classic '50s quintet raised the bar for small-group improvisation.

News

  1. Music review: Bad Plus' Reid Anderson shows his strength as composer in 'The Rough Mixes'

    The Bad Plus’ Reid Anderson abandoned his bass for a classical-flavored piece that left room for improvisation.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  2. Sounds of Gershwin at Lincoln COA

    HOW ABOUT SOME GERSHWIN! The Art and Joy of Improvisation Enjoy a journey through the life and artistry of America’s premier 20th century composer/pianist, George Gershwin, with host Deane Ellsworth and guest pianist Evelyn Harris, on Wednesday, June 26, at 1 p.m., in Bemis Hall. Deane will provide special insight into this brilliant musician’s spontaneous ability to improvise at the keyboard ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Lincoln Journal

  3. Rockies swept away by Jays in forgettable three-game trip to Canada

    The length of the schedule demands improvisation. The Rockies awoke Wednesday underneath the dome, feeling like they were crawling from underneath a rock.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Estes Park Trail Gazette

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Quotes

  1. "Working without knowing what you are doing from start to finish is very difficult," Liu said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It was really improvisation. It was exciting. It keeps you on your toes."
    on Jul 15, 2008 By: Lucy Liu Source: Newsweek

  2. "Generic improvisation or the introduction of musical genres which fail to respect the meaning of the liturgy should be avoided," Benedict said.
    on Mar 13, 2007 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "The wonderful part of her gift is not, for me, the improvisation but the interpretive artist," Dubal said. "She has beautiful sound and fine technique."
    on Nov 12, 2007 By: David Dubal Source: Washington Post

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