improvisation


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im·prov·i·sa·tion

 (ĭm-prŏv′ĭ-zā′shən, ĭm′prə-vĭ-)
n.
1. The act or art of improvising.
2. Something improvised, such as a musical passage or comedic skit.

im·prov′i·sa′tion·al adj.
im·prov′i·sa′tion·al·ly adv.

improvisation

(ˌɪmprəvaɪˈzeɪʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of improvising
2. a product of improvising; something improvised
ˌimproviˈsational, improvisatory adj

im•prov•i•sa•tion

(ɪmˌprɒv əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌɪm prə və-)

n.
1. an act of improvising.
2. something improvised.
[1780–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.improvisation - a creation spoken or written or composed extemporaneously (without prior preparation)
creation - an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
2.improvisation - an unplanned expedient
expedient - a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
3.improvisation - a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"

improvisation

noun
1. invention, spontaneity, ad-libbing, extemporizing Funds were not abundant, and clever improvisation was necessary.
2. ad-lib an improvisation on 'Jingle Bells'

improvisation

noun
Something improvised:
Translations
إرْتِجال، إسْتِنْباط على الفَوْر
improvizace
improvisering
rögtönzés
spuni
improvizácia

improvisation

[ˌɪmprəvaɪˈzeɪʃən] N (= act) → improvisación f; (= improvised speech, music) → improvisación f

improvisation

[ˌɪmprəvaɪˈzeɪʃən] nimprovisation f

improvisation

nImprovisation f, → Improvisierung f; (object improvised) → Provisorium nt

improvisation

[ˌɪmprəvaɪˈzeɪʃn] nimprovvisazione f

improvise

(ˈimprəvaiz) verb
1. to compose and perform (a poem, tune etc) without preparation. The pianist forgot his music and had to improvise.
2. to make (something) from materials that happen to be available, often materials that are not normally used for that purpose. They improvised a shelter from branches and blankets.
ˌimproviˈsation noun
References in classic literature ?
Be that as it may, Tragedy--as also Comedy was at first mere improvisation.
Persons, therefore, starting with this natural gift developed by degrees their special aptitudes, till their rude improvisations gave birth to Poetry.
Outside, in the dark, my audacious part was not hard to play; but to carry the improvisation in-doors was to double at once the difficulty and the risk.
It was not indeed entirely an improvisation, but had taken shape in inward colloquy, and rushed out like the round grains from a fruit when sudden heat cracks it.
He was wont to say that the only redeeming feature of our captivity was the ample time it gave him for the improvisation of prayers--it was becoming an obsession with him.
He took up his violin from the corner, and as I stretched myself out he began to play some low, dreamy, melodious air,--his own, no doubt, for he had a remarkable gift for improvisation.
The pantomime was utterly chaotic, yet not contemptible; there ran through it a rage of improvisation which came chiefly from Crook the clown.
He blushed too, and certainly looked as foolish as a young man of some wit and self-possession can be expected to look, as he walked in with a roll of music in his hand, and said, with an air of hesitating improvisation,--
We painted and read together; or I listened, as if in a dream, to the wild improvisations of his speaking guitar.
The swing of his nature took him from extreme languor to devouring energy; and, as I knew well, he was never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been lounging in his armchair amid his improvisations and his black-letter editions.
Fertel explores the complex nature of the spontaneous gesture; identifies the stylistic conventions, themes, and rhetorical features of improvisations; and explores the archetype of spontaneity throughout history from philosophy and psychology to chaos science, jazz, conceptual art, post-modernism, and finally Hermes--the god of crossing boundaries, of improvisation.
A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation is a literary meta-analysis focusing on the power of spontaneity--writing from spur-of-the-moment ideas that can flow from anywhere, as opposed to intensively laborious or meticulous wordcraft.