Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Composing an Impromptu

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Posts
    147
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Composing an Impromptu

    Hello,


    Today, I've been listening to schubert's "impromptus." I compose some of my own music, however lack formal training on composition structure, as of recently.


    I read that impromptus are improvised.

    My question is, how can a composed piece of music be considered improvised? I mean, if it's written on paper, doesn't that automatically make it calculated to some degree? When I picture 'improvised' i think of something like a jazz musician coming up with something off the cuff.



    Could someone clue me in on the composition process of an impromptu and perhaps how i may go about creating such a composition?

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Posts
    28
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    First off, great call on the Schubert Impromptu's - I love the G-flat major one.

    I'm sure some composers would improvise, and write it down calling it an 'Impromptu' - however, I think the term 'Impromptu' is more of a nod towards the overall feel of the piece. If you familiarize yourself with many impromptu's by different composers (Schubert, Chopin and Schumann all wrote some amazing sets), you'll see they all feel 'improvisory' in nature, due to them being less strict and uniform as pieces in say sonata form, theme and variation form, minuet and trio etc.

    When it comes to composing a piece of music (especially in the instances of an 'impromptu'), try not to over-think the structure to begin with. There's no 'right or wrong' way, because the structure/tonal relationships etc are free to the composer.
    Last edited by sam93; Nov-13-2015 at 11:59.

  3. Likes Orfeo liked this post
  4. #3
    Junior Member drfaustus's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Walking on the Moon and i
    Posts
    33
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    When it comes to composing a piece of music (especially in the instances of an 'impromptu'), try not to over-think the structure to begin with. There's no 'right or wrong' way, because the structure/tonal relationships etc are free to the composer.
    I think that it’s a half truth. If I would have to write an impromptu, I would analize some of them. The piece’s harmonies of that age respond to a standard romantic structure. And, I think that it’s not so free. But, I understand you...

Similar Threads

  1. Chopin: Fantaisie impromptu op.66
    By Christian Parent in forum Recorded Music and Publications
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Mar-24-2014, 07:04
  2. Schubert D899 Impromptu No3
    By mankwok in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jun-14-2013, 07:26
  3. 7 year old playing Fanstasie Impromptu. O_O;
    By Edmond-Dantes in forum Community Forum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: Apr-17-2009, 15:20
  4. Schubert's Impromptu, opus 90 n°3
    By babaz in forum Recorded Music and Publications
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Jan-15-2008, 18:53
  5. H. Reinhold's Impromptu
    By soul_syringe in forum Classical Music Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Apr-18-2006, 02:04

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •