Improv Quote of the Day: Ives & Improvisation

Charles Ives

The improvisational attitude toward music, so familiar in swing, affects all of [Charles] Ives’s mature work. It affects his conception of performance and composing… Ives leaves a great deal to the mercy of the performer. In his compositions, the notation of a work is only the basis for further improvisations, and the notation itself, frequently of music first conceived many years before, is a kind of snapshot of the way he played it at a certain period in his life.

–Elliott Carter, Collected Essays and Lectures