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By Prospect   October 2009

Above: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, from The Spirit of Diaghilev at Sadler’s Wells   MUSIC

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Most of the world’s music is improvised, even if there’s a melodic formula or mode or rhythm that guides the rhapsodic outpourings of the musician. We think of western classical music as the great exception. It’s the tradition that’s governed, or some would say tyrannised, by the written note. But this is a myth. Improvisation played a big role in performance right up to Mozart’s time, and even into the early 19th century.…

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