A one-time creation
written musical compositions, are a one-time creation, never to
be repeated in exactly the same form. it should be remembered that
any recording of them is but an attempt to capture a unique moment in the
musical life of the improviser -- the expression of his feelings of that
moment translated directly into sound through the piano keyboard, which
is all that stands between the performer and the music itself.
Piano improvisations may be either
on existing musical pieces or new creations arising solely from
the improviser's imagination. The two sources may even be combined
in a single piece.
Except for the originals on which
improvised variations are based, there is nothing rehearsed or written
down, either by the improviser or by anyone else. The thoughts
and feelings expressed may be conscious or (especially with pieces not
based on existing works) unconscious.
It should also be realised that
most improvisations will contain what could be regarded as musical imperfections,
and so need not be judged according to usual professional standards, but
rather by what gives pleasure to the listener's ear.
As it has turned out, these improvisations
seem to be especially appealing to children. Several families
have told JW that their children like listening to the tape over and over
For a combination of piano improvisation
with poetry reading, please click here.