Improv Quote of the Day: Sing and Dance!

Joseph Haydn

The canon which runs from antiquity via Palestrina and Bach and through to Schoenberg via Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is truly a wonderful tradition full of beautiful music. But who needs it any more? And when did people begin sitting down to listen to music instead of dancing and singing along? Compared to the joys of group improvisation, this great European tradition seems like so much hierarchical social nonsense studded with genius.

Johann Sebastian Bach

–Rod Paton (from his web site

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven

Mozart, about 1780. Detail of Mozart family po...