An impromptu (pron.: /ɪmˈprɒmptjuː/, French: [ɛ̃prɔ̃pty], loosely meaning "offhand") is a free-form musical composition with the character of an ex tempore improvisation as if prompted by the spirit of the moment, usually for a solo instrument, such as piano. The first recorded use of the term impromptu in this sense occurred in 1817, in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, an idea of the publisher to describe a piano piece by Jan Václav Voříšek.
Form Usage 
Since the very concept of unpremeditated, spur-of-the-moment inspiration without studied care is at the heart of Romantic artistic theory, it did nоt take long before the first generation of Romantic composers took up the idea:
The impromptu genre remained popular all throughout the 19th century.
In the 20th century, there are also several examples of composers naming their compositions "Impromptu", such as:
- ^ Journeau's works
Chopin - Valentina Igoshina - Fantasie Impromptu
This is Valentina Igoshina playing Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op. 66. Apologies for the shoddy editing! Check out my channel for informati...
Yundi Li - Chopin "Fantasie" Impromptu, Op. 66
Of course no video collection would be complete without the cliche Yundi Li video of him playing Chopin's "Fantasie" Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op. 66 No. 4...
Schubert:Impromptu in G flat major D899 No.3
Horowitz in Vienna.
Chopin - Fantaisie Impromptu, Op. 66 (Rubinstein)
Fantaisie Impromptu, Op. 66 Arthur Rubinstein, piano The Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Opus posthumous 66, is a solo piano composition and one of his...
Impromptu - Trailer
Chopin, Fantaisie Impromptu
Fantaisie Impromptu by Frederic Chopin.
Chopin, Fantasie-Impromptu, opus 66
Fantasy-Impromptu, opus 66, by Frederic Chopin, accompanied by a graphical score. FAQ Q: Who is playing? A: Sorry, I don't know. I licensed this recording fr...
Zimerman plays Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 1
Zimerman plays Schubert!
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu Op.66 - Enzo @10 yrs old
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Zimerman plays Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 4
Zimerman plays Schubert!
Wed, 22 May 2013 05:19:31 -0700
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Silver and Black Pride
Tue, 21 May 2013 18:51:13 -0700
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Wed, 22 May 2013 12:25:23 -0700
Chilling: London Machete Attacker Gives Impromptu Interview to Eyewitness. In what will go down as one of the most chilling and unbelievable pieces of video you'll ever see, a man who had just committed a brutal murder-by-machete of a man believed to ...
Tue, 21 May 2013 10:22:37 -0700
It was impromptu and fun. And wow, how old is that track? He's not trying to emulate today's rap stars. So yeah, it's called a vintage performance but since the author is probably younger than 25, he/she just think's it sounds old and forced. Will ...
Wed, 22 May 2013 07:56:07 -0700
Exorcism might fairly be called a “strange” ritual, in the sense that it is unfamiliar to most people. But again, what the photos actually show is not a strange ritual but a simple blessing. Maybe the Pope was praying that the afflicted young man might ...
Thu, 16 May 2013 05:49:30 -0700
Subway violinist arrested after impromptu concert. A traveling New York violinist spends five days in jail after being arrested following an impromptu performance in an Atlanta MARTA station. Post to Facebook ...
Peoria Journal Star
Fri, 17 May 2013 09:18:33 -0700
Impromptu hallway meeting stops trial. Conference includes lawyers, then trial judge,who sent jurors home and set 9 a.m. meeting Monday. Tweet · Zoom. Photos. truck_harris.jpg. Rendering of a Ford Ranger with vertical exhaust pipes similar to the one ...
Wed, 15 May 2013 14:34:29 -0700
Jay Leno's 'fraud' karaoke couple deny that their impromptu performance at the gas station was staged. By Daily Mail Reporter. PUBLISHED: 15:11 EST, 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:58 EST, 15 May 2013. Comments (10); Share. The couple that were ...
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