The wonders of improvised polyphony

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The wonders of improvised polyphony

Post by LeTromboniste » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:56 am

One more reason to study theory is reaching the point where you can do bad-ass stuff like improvising polyphony on one written monodic part while respecting all the rules of voice-leading, like this:

And for extra bad-assery, you do this thing at 1:28 and improvise two voices at the same time by showing your colleague what notes to sing using your hand while you're singing the other improvised voice (he could actually improvise a third voice with his other hand).
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Re: The wonders of improvised polyphony

Post by boneagain » Tue Nov 17, 2020 4:48 am

I think, in many decades, this is the FIRST time I've seen "Guidonian Hand" in action.

Well, maybe "Close Encounters" had a little.

And I got a substantial exposure to the work of John Curwen in Brasil, of all places.

To be honest, I never would have noticed "The Hand" (that is, not "the hand" trombonists get all the time) had you not pointed it out. The singers were so far out front of technique musically that I would have just listened without the helpful specific hint you gave.

So, thanks for the hint, and thanks for the link!
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Re: The wonders of improvised polyphony

Post by Posaunus » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:14 am


Thanks, Maximilien.
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Re: The wonders of improvised polyphony

Post by Gary » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:55 am

Beautiful. I am a contemporary composer and yet I don't believe things et better with time, they just evolve. How do you get better than this?
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Re: The wonders of improvised polyphony

Post by Kbiggs » Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:54 pm

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this, Maximillien. Reading ancient music is one thing. Singing improvised polyphony is another thing. Singing with good technique is yet another thing. Doing all while leading with the the Guidonia hand (which I, too, have never seen in practice) is another. Amazing performance, and beautiful music.
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Re: The wonders of improvised polyphony

Post by AndrewMeronek » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:55 pm

Very cool.

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Re: The wonders of improvised polyphony

Post by bkessler » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:04 pm

Wow. Thanks for posting!
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