Improv Quote of the Day: Early Musicians Were All Creative

A Lady Standing at a Virginal

The strict division into groups of creative musicians (composers), performing musicians (singers, players), and passive listener (the public)… was unknown in the early stages of music’s development. Inventor and performer of a tune were usually the same person; often enough he was at the same time his own audience; who on repeated performances of this “composition” constantly made changes in it.

–Ernest Thomas Ferand, Improvisation in Nine Centuries of Western Music


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