1. a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
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How To Use extemporization In A Sentence

  • At the premiere Handel gave an organ extemporisation on the fugal subject taken up by the choir.
  • What various advantages would or might have resulted from a prolongation of such an extemporisation? Ulysses
  • The capacity for learning music had begun very early, but his wonderful gift of extemporisation, which gave his genius wings as well as voice, had only lately revealed itself at the time at which our story opens. Story-Lives of Great Musicians
  • Part of Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder collective, Bruder has tapped into the vein established by Lotus's Cosmogramma LP of last year; a continuum where breakbeats and solo extemporisation are paired with abstract sounds, and use of the word "astrality" is encouraged. Thundercat: The Golden Age of Apocalypse – review
  • To the latter Felix exhibited his powers by an extemporisation on Bach's motets, which called forth the musician's astonished praise. Story-Lives of Great Musicians
  • The extemporization of piano accompaniment is the teaching curriculum in the high teachers' school that has been attached more and more value.
  • It seems, nevertheless, that his ‘organ-like’ extemporisations were called forth by the clavichord, if not actually the organ.
  • But their manifestations of delight were far more pronounced when Felix, taking one of the airs which he had just played as a theme for extemporisation, exhibited in a most charming fashion, and with true musicianly feeling, the capacities of the subject for varied treatment. Story-Lives of Great Musicians
  • I wish I hadn't seen the reformed Velvet Underground, whose show featured Lou Reed doing a lot of vocal extemporisation of the "wooh yeah mama" variety while sporting a haircut that made him look not like an icon of unimpeachable countercultural cool, but Ian McShane in Lovejoy. Stone Roses reunion: What's the worst that can happen?
  • Melody, harmony, and rhythm became as important to music as plainsong and counterpoint, and the arts of ornamentation and virtuoso extemporization thrived among the virginalists, and among the lute and consort players.
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