But if he did very well as a reader on Thursday, he fared much worse as an improviser two days earlier.
He is not an improviser; his temptations are of another sort.
Amateur and improviser of genius, let us praise him as such.
As a listener my Philosopher is no less successful than as an improviser.
The improviser disdains economy, as much as the artist cherishes it.
But he appears to have been more of an improviser than a reciter.
Essentially an improviser genius; as his Father too was, and of admirable completeness he too, though under a very different form.
But he was an improviser of genius, and Mr. Stevenson was a conscious artist.
Beethoven was an improviser in music, quite as surely as his wildest successor, Schumann, and he wrote as he felt at the time.
He was more celebrated as a performer and improviser than for the instrumental pieces he published.
1826, back-formation from improvisation, or else from French improviser (17c.), from Italian improvisare "to sing or speak extempore," from improviso, from Latin improvisus "unforeseen, unexpected" (see improvisation). Or possibly a back-formation from improvisation. Related: Improvised; improvising.