Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of extemporizing; a speaking, performing, or contriving without premeditation, or with scanty preparation or means.
- n. A musical performance, either vocal or instrumental, improvised by the performer.
- n. Also spelled extemporisation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of extemporizing; the act of doing anything extempore.
- n. a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
““And,” Forrest concluded, relapsing into his natural voice and enunciation, having reached the limit of extemporization, — and if you think old, sweet, blue-eyed Solomon has anything on me in singing the Song of Songs, just put your names down for the subscription edition of my”
“But in the middle of its composition he began to suffer from eye trouble and, although he evidently still managed to play his organ concertos—they had in any case always relied heavily on extemporization—he was totally blind by January 1753.”
“At Mannes College and the Curtis Institute, improvisation for classical musicians is taught by Israeli pianist and composer Noam Sivan, who incorporates improvisations into his concerts, for instance following a performance of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" with his own extemporization on the theme.”
“With his variety of proportion and flow he has no need to break off the fugue like earlier composers: but all the old devices by which the division into sections was managed are turned to account by him, and almost every toccata has its own scheme of contrasted movements, always based on the old natural idea of the growth of an organized music from a chaos of extemporization.”
“Very soon it collapsed and the process of quasi-extemporization began again, to culminate in a new fugue which often gave the whole work a happy but deceptive suggestion of organic unity by being founded on an ingenious variation of the subject of the first fugue.”
“Flushing slightly in realization of his lapse, Terry had sprung astraddle the corner of the billiard table, where, absurdly solemn, he declaimed tragically, combing the classics for sepulchral passages, plunging the intent listeners into deepest melancholy but concluding with a droll extemporization that swept them from verge of tears to convulsed mirth.”
“In these latter portions, if the hypothesis of extemporization were correct, the words of course would be different, but the substance might remain untouched.”
“I suspect, however, that the extemporization was nothing like so complete as the learned writer imagined, but rather that the tale, as told with song and narrative mingled, was in a state of gradual decay or transition from verse to prose, and that the prose portions were, to almost as great an extent as the verse, traditional.”
“Then, as if the Christmas frost had melted, these grateful exclamations made warmth at once in both races, and encouraged the orator in his extemporization.”
“Thereupon he launches out on a bewildering extemporization, counting up the votes at his disposal, the cantons which will rise at his summons.”
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