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In "Improvisations on the Ledge," award-winning composer-pianist Peter Saltzman searches for universal truths by stumbling upon them—both with words and music. The basic premise is simple: he improvises on the piano, then talks about what the music tells him. Then makes music about what the talking tells him. Then...well, it goes on like this. Droll, funny, dramatic, musical, short.

Improvisations on The Ledge Peter Saltzman

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In "Improvisations on the Ledge," award-winning composer-pianist Peter Saltzman searches for universal truths by stumbling upon them—both with words and music. The basic premise is simple: he improvises on the piano, then talks about what the music tells him. Then makes music about what the talking tells him. Then...well, it goes on like this. Droll, funny, dramatic, musical, short.

    #28: A Variation on Theme and Variations

    #28: A Variation on Theme and Variations

    What if I came up with a theme in the morning, then improvised variations throughout the day? What would that add up to? Call it a variation on the theme and variations idea, but in the form of a diary of a single day in the life of Peter Saltzman.

    • 33 min.
    "#27: What Not to Think About When Improvising-Featuring Jean-Michel Pilc"

    "#27: What Not to Think About When Improvising-Featuring Jean-Michel Pilc"

    Do you ever think about what you’re thinking about? Of course, you do, and I often think about what I’m thinking about when improvising. But when I pose this question to the great French pianist-composer Jean-Michel Pilc in this episode, his answer is sort of along the lines of...a kind of nothing. Sort of.

    • 1 u. 13 min.
    "#26: The Improvised Sonata"

    "#26: The Improvised Sonata"

    For years I’ve had this thought that I should be able to improvise a full 4-movement piano sonata. Is this just another example of me being completely out of touch with my times? Well yes. But that doesn’t mean it won’t work.

    • 39 min.
    IOTL Short #7: Mid-Afternoon Nocturne

    IOTL Short #7: Mid-Afternoon Nocturne

    In the interests of busting yet another musical myth, I improvise a nocturne in the afternoon. At least it’s relatively dark in its​ sweetness.

    • 6 min.
    IOTL Short #6: And A Plane Flew By

    IOTL Short #6: And A Plane Flew By

    ...Or how musical order insists on materializing out of seemingly random occurrences...​

    • 8 min.
    #25: "Improvisations with Play-by-Play Analysis"

    #25: "Improvisations with Play-by-Play Analysis"

    Yes, that’s right, improvisations with sports-style play-by-play analysis—including instant replay!

    • 37 min.

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