Composed Improvisation R (2012)










For a solo performer. The performer selects a piece s/he doesn’t know and requires practice in order to play in public. In every rehearsal, the piece is performed (at least once) from the beginning to the end. This is recorded every time and transcribed onto a transparent sheet of paper. The transparent sheets are prepared in advance with staves of equal size on each. Once the rehearsal is finished and the piece is ready to be performed, all the transcriptions on the transparent sheet of paper accumulated over the course of rehearsal are superimposed on top of each other. Align the superimpositions using the staves of each sheet. In the actual performance, the performer plays from the composite score that these superimposed sheets of transcriptions make.


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