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An impromptu (loosely meaning "offhand") is a free-form musical composition with the character of an improvisation, usually for a solo instrument, such as piano. Look up impromptu in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

The first recorded use of the term impromptu in this sense occurred in 1817, in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, an idea of the publisher to describe a piano piece by Voříšek. 1817 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek (May 11, 1791, Vamberk - November 19, 1825), was a Czech composer of classical music in the 19th century. ...

It didn't take long before the first generation of Romantic composers took up the idea: The era of Romantic music is defined as the period of European classical music that runs roughly from the early 1800s to the first decade of the 20th century, as well as music written according to the norms and styles of that period. ...

  • Schubert published two sets of four Impromptus. After his death 3 more unnamed piano compositions (Klavierstücke) were sometimes named Impromptus.
  • Chopin composed 4 Impromptus, including the famous Fantaisie-Impromptu.
  • Robert Schumann wrote some Impromptus, published as Op. 5.
  • Franz Liszt composed an Impromptu in F sharp (sometimes called Nocturne) and a piano piece named Valse-Impromptu.

The impromptu genre remained popular all throughout the 19th century. Franz Schubert Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer. ... Franz Schuberts Impromptus, Opp. ... The only known photograph of Frédéric Chopin, believed to have been taken by Louis-Auguste Bisson in 1849. ... Fantasie-Impromptu, Opus posthumous 66, is a piano composition by Frédéric Chopin. ... For others with the same name see Robert Schumann (disambiguation). ... “Liszt” redirects here. ... Valse-Impromptu (S213) is a waltz for solo piano composed by Franz Liszt in the key of A-flat major. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In the 20th century there are fewer examples of composers naming their compositions "Impromptu", e.g.:

Donald Martino (May 16, 1931–December 8, 2005) was a Pulitzer Prize winning American composer. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Wembley Stadium was a football stadium located in Wembley, London. ...


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impromptu - definition of impromptu in Encyclopedia (177 words)
An impromptu is a free-form musical composition with the character of an improvisation, usually for a solo instrument, such as piano.
According to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, "impromptu" as a title was first used for a piano piece by Vořišek published in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung in 1817, and it was the publisher's idea.
The New Grove cites Donald Martino's 1980 Fantasies and Impromptu as the one of the few uses of the title in the late 20th century.
Impromptu, international jazz musicians. Dinner jazz to pop function band. (404 words)
Impromptu are professional musicians and entertainers with an international reputation for high quality music.
Impromptu's extensive repertoire of over 400 tunes encompasses great pop songs, rock'n'roll, accessible swinging jazz, classic ballads, blues and latin.
Impromptu's debut album "requests" was released in October 2000 and is a compilation of their favourite requests from their audiences around the world.
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