Improvising on Classical Masterpieces by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

Improvising over Classical Music Masterpieces

This book explores Improvising over Classical Music. The examples in the book were recorded by Spooky Actions, a New York based ensemble created by John Gunther and Bruce Arnold. Spooky Actions has produced a diverse set of recordings include the music of 20th century composers Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg and Olivier Messiaen; interpretations of Native American music Volume One and Volume Two, and well as a recording of Early Music from the 2nd century BC through the 1500’s. Their unique and compelling sound is being met with critical acclaim and widespread interest.

Improvising on Classical Music Masterpieces

by Bruce Arnold

Contents of the Improvising over Classical Music Book

This book contains not only analysis of how the group "Spooky Actions" improvised over various Classical music masterpieces but a large body of ideas that a musician can use to Improvising over Classical music from various periods. There is a primer section in the book that covers:

  • The most used scales in improvisation. (22 in total)
  • The improvisational concepts of guide tones
  • The improvisational concepts of playing over harmony.
  • The improvisational concepts of using chord tones.
  • The improvisational concepts of using approach notes.
  • The improvisational concepts of using pitch class sets.
  • Fingering for guitarists for the twenty two scales.

All of this information is actually useful no matter what type of music you are improvising over!

Full Tracks Included from Many "Spooky Actions" CDs.

MP3s are included in the download as is a webpage where you can listen and see full scores of the music. There is a wide range of Classical Compositions included in this book which gives you a good background on how to approach different periods of classical music. Below you will find a list of the music analyzed and a link to the CD in which it can be found. You can also use this link if you want to listen to an excerpt before buying this book or want to hear a music excerpt from that composer or period.

"Early Music"

Classical Masterpieces, Improvising Classical Music, Improvising over Classical Music, Early Music: Spooky Actions by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company

The following compositions were analyzed from the "Spooky Actions" CD "Early Music."

  • "Skolion-of-Seikilos" Earliest known piece of music that was written.
  • "Ode from the Kanon for Easter Sunday"
  • The 1st Canzonet, “Qual si può dir maggiore“ by Claudio Monteverdi

“Quartet for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen

Classical Masterpieces,Improvising Classical Music, Improvising over Classical Music, Bruce Arnold and John Gunther's Group "Spooky Actions" CD "Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time."

The following compositions were analyzed from the "Spooky Actions" CD "Quartet for the End of Time" by Olivier Messiaen

  • “Quartet for the End of Time” 1st Movement
  • “Quartet for the End of Time” 6th Movement
  • “Quartet for the End of Time” 8th Movement

"Five Piano Pieces," Opus 23 2nd Movement by Arnold Schoenberg

Classical Masterpieces, Improvising Classical Music, Improvising over Classical Music, Bruce Arnold and John Gunther's Group "Spooky Actions" CD "Schoenberg, Five Piano Pieces op. 23"

Five Piano Pieces, Opus 23 2nd Movement by Arnold Schoenberg from Spooky Actions "Five Piano Pieces" recording..

The following compositions were analyzed from the "Spooky Actions" CD Five Piano Pieces, Opus 23 2nd Movement by Arnold Schoenberg

  • "Five Piano Pieces," Opus 23 2nd Movement by Arnold Schoenberg

The Fünf Canons, Opus 16 1st Movement by Anton Webern

Classical Masterpieces, Improvising Classical Music,Improvising over Classical Music, by Bruce Arnold and John Gunther's Group "Spooky Actions" CD "The Music of Webern.

Fünf Canons, Opus 16 1st Movement by Anton Webern

The Fünf Canons, Opus 16 1st Movement by Anton Webern from Spooky Actions "Music of Webern" recording

The following composition we was analyzed:

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