Publication Date

April 2019

Advisor(s)

Eric Charry

Major

Music

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This work intends to explore the shared qualities and roles of improvisation in six different musical traditions throughout North America, Southeast Asia, and West Africa. Methods of literature review, transcription, and quotation analysis are used to construct an operating state of improvisation within each tradition. The application of improvisation was unique enough in each tradition that general claims could not be made, however connections were found between sub-elements of improvisations which may be made more robust upon analysis of a greater number of traditions. The contribution of new transcriptions and concentration of information regarding improvisation may assist musicologists in further pursuits of comparative analysis.

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