Improvised Preludes in the Early 19th Century

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Neil will be presenting a paper on the performance practice of improvised preludes as informed by early 19th-century guitar methods. The practice of improvising a prelude before a significant work was employed well into the 19th century.  It was done by soloists (including guitarists) and ensembles.  Neil will be presenting what we can know of the characteristics of these preludes, and how we can compose/improvise our own, from existing sources in the early 19th-century guitar literature. He will present the paper at CWU on May 12, at Eastern Washington University in Cheney on the 19th, and at the Musicking Conference at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR on May 26th.

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