Sabine Feisst, professor of musicology in the School of Music, delivered the opening keynote at the international conference Concepts of Improvisation Between the Two World Wars: Performativity, Staged Presence and Participation in Music (mws.unibas.ch/forschung/tagungensymposien/concepts-of-improvisation-between-the-two-world-wars) at the University of Basel in Switzerland on Sept. 30, 2016. She spoke about Arnold Schoenbergs ideas of improvisation, inspiration and spontaneity, a topic that had not been considered in Schoenberg scholarship. Schoenberg was not known as an improvising performer and never composed scores that allowed performers much interpretive freedom. But as a friend of George Gershwin, Oscar Levant, Artie Shaw and many other skilled improvising musicians, an astute observer of his cultural environments and a self-conscious artist, he had important things to say about improvisation. Feisst also explored how improvisation and spontaneity found their way into Schoenbergs works at different stages of his career.
Sept. 30, 2016
Sabine Feisst, Music