Improvising: How to Master the Art

Improvising: How to Master the Art

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Gerre Hancock has long been renowned for his extraordinary improvisations, and has for many years taught the art of improvisation at classes and workshops across the United States. Now he has codified and organized his teaching into a book which carries the organist from the scale through the fugue, covering on the way interludes, hymns, hymn preludes, sonata form, canon, and more. Written in an informal style and illustrated with musical examples and exercises, this book opens wide the door to musical and technical skill.
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Product details

  • Sheet music | 176 pages
  • 223.52 x 299.72 x 10.16mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0193858819
  • 9780193858817
  • 365,481

Table of contents

Introduction ; The Scale ; The Phrase ; The Interlude ; The Hymn ; The Ornamented Hymn ; The Hymn Prelude ; The Song Form ; The Sonata Form ; The Toccata ; The Canon ; The Duo and The Trio ; The Fugue ; Coda ; Bibliography
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Strongly recommended as an essential part of every organist's library. * Church Music Quarterly *
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About Gerre Hancock

Gerre Hancock was an American organist, improviser, and composer. Hancock was Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at the University of Texas, Austin. His compositions for organ and chorus are widely performed, and he has recorded for Gothic Records, Decca/Argo, Koch International and Priory Records. He died in January 2012.
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