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impromptu

a short piece of instrumental music, sometimes improvisatory in character

Impromptu

 

a type of improvisation; a short poem composed quickly, often orally, without long reflection. In content, an impromptu is usually a madrigal, epigram, or joke, such as A. S. Pushkin’s “A locust was flying . . . .” Occasionally impromptus are serious and lyrical in content, for example, F. I. Tiutchev’s “Human tears

In music, an impromptu is a piano piece, an improvisation inspired by a certain mood or experience, with vivid lyricism and a free musical form. Impromptus were written by Schubert, Chopin, and Liszt (valse impromptu).

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Edna did not know when the Impromptu began or ended.
Both men, with a queer kind of impromptu fairness, took the same sort of formal farewell of the lady, and both jumped into the brisk little car.
If we had been engaged in any exercise peculiar to my own nation I should, of course, have looked after Pesca carefully; but as foreigners are generally quite as well able to take care of themselves in the water as Englishmen, it never occurred to me that the art of swimming might merely add one more to the list of manly exercises which the Professor believed that he could learn impromptu.
He was supremely happy, perched like an amorphous bundle on the high stool, with his head thrown back, his eyes fixed on the opposite cornice, and his lips wide open, sending forth, with all his might, impromptu syllables to a tune of Arne's which had hit his fancy.
For, as you can fancy, our performance is all impromptu.
But the fervid facility of his impromptus could not be so accounted for.
Fouquet's friends had transported thither, some their actors and their dresses, others their troops of sculptors and artists; not forgetting others with their ready- mended pens, - floods of impromptus were contemplated.
Doran's book abounds, as might be expected, with admirable impromptus and the like; one might collect a large posy of them.
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The Laughing Toastmasters has been formed under Area 35, Division K, District 20 of Toastmasters International and offers members breathing and laughter exercises in addition to prepared and impromptu speeches and their evaluation.
London, May 11 ( ANI ): Victoria Beckham recently posted a pic of her impromptu performance in Singapore on Twitter, where she sat on a piano and singing into a microphone.