Modernizing European Higher Music Education Through Improvisation

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Urban Maeder

Phrases, Improvisation with Urban Maeder

Learn to perceive phrases. Play & Listen: listen to the chain of individual sounds of each player. Focus on speed, dynamics, and form.
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Magda Mayas

Thinking Silent Matter

The excercise focuses on improvisation in a large ensemble context, bringing attention to silence and reduced sound material with slowly changing parameters.
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  • Tonal/Classical

Karst de Jong

Cantus Firmus: growing and shrinking melodies

The ensemble creates one by one a growing melody, then plays backwards until the beginning note returns
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Liudas Mock┼źnas

Frozen Notes (Exercise in 7 parts)

Deconstructing and constructing the written musical material.
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  • Tonal/Classical

Karst de Jong

Cantus Firmus: variations

Further variations on the growing and shrinking melodies. Canons and solos.
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  • Small Ensemble
  • Tonal/Classical

Yves Senden

How to improvise with minimal techniques

Minimal techniques are used both to provide structure and to allow freedom, within a framework.
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Yves Senden

How to integrate Messiaen's techniques into an improvisation

The musicians are informed about Messiaen's use of modes, rhythms and structural aspects. All these elements are trained in a systematical way, after which they can be applied in a final improvisation.
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David Dolan

Series 1, Ex. 5 - Classical structure - Tonally free

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David Dolan

Series 3, Part 1- Ex. 1.2: Feeling at home within a structure (step 2)

Applying Improvisational approach to chamber music repertoire performance (step 2).