Charlie Albright performed in Texas recently and, like a stage magician setting up a great trick, asked the audience for their help. But the result was magic of a different sort.

Charlie Albright – Improvisation

Pianist Charlie Albright breathed life into old standards and even created a fully-formed composition on the spot, using four notes suggested to him by the audience. The impromptu composition was just one highlight of many on the program, which Albright capped with two encores.

Few concert pianists choose to improvise in public these days, though great composers like Liszt and Mozart often did.

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