Robert Estrin - piano expert

Can Music Be Created Instantly?

What about creating music on the fly? Is that improvisation?

In this video, Robert talks about creating music instantly, which is often called "improvisation." Can that be applied to the classical music style?

Released on October 9, 2019

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Video Transcription

Hi, this is Robert Estrin at And the question today is, "Can music be created instantly?"

Truth be known, nearly all the great composers were phenomenal improvisers. We can only imagine what it must have been like sitting and hearing Liszt make up one of his fantasies or even go back to Mozart, who was known to be a prolific improviser, even being able to improvise theme and variations, and sonata movements with good form and beautiful architecture of melodies and harmonies, all of it.

So yes, music can be created instantly. And what I'm going to do for you today is to create an improvisation, and see what I can create for you on the spot with zero preconceived notions as to what is going to come out. I hope you enjoy this.

So there we have some instant composition. By the way, is improvisation dead in the world today? Well, in classical music it's really just a micro of the entire industry of classical music. But, in jazz and in other forms of music improvisation is a vibrant art form. And the crafting of solos by great jazz artists is awe-inspiring. So the tradition lives on in other styles of music today.

I hope you've enjoyed this. Again, I'm Robert Estrin here at Thanks so much for joining me.
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