Posted on December 9th 2019

Why Don't Classical Musicians Improvise? (Video)

Classical musicians are known for playing music note-for-note as written in a score. But this wasn’t always the case. It may surprise you to hear that from the Middle Ages until the late 1800s, improvisation was deeply embedded into classical performance and education. But why did the practice fade away?

I had the opportunity to help write the latest episode of PBS Sound Field which dives into this very question. You don't want to miss Nahre Sol's variations on the Barney theme song! 😂

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