Date of Submission

Spring 2011

Academic Program

Philosophy

Advisor

Garry Hagberg

Abstract/Artist's Statement

This paper seeks to place the practice of free improvisation along the lines drawn by overarching aesthetic theories of musical understanding, enjoyment and expressivism. Through an analysis of discourse, both musical and linguistic, about free improvisation (from John Zorn, George Lewis, Kenny Millions, Derek Bailey and on) and a study of the writings of Peter Kivy, Edward Cone, and Hanslick, the paper, in the end, seeks to prove that free improvisation is in fact the highest level of expression of all forms of music.

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