Improvisation has its own specific conditions and characteristics:
improvising, coordinating music and words, singing in front of an audience,
etc. During improvisation, bertsularis use the techniques of rhetoric
characterised in this case by the rapidity of their use.
Bertsularis also use poetic techniques with the particularity that they
must compose verses from the end to the start: the final line of the verse
is the basis for the rest of the verse.
The way a verse is created depends a lot on the context in which the
improviser is performing (presence or not of a master of ceremonies).
To put it simply, let us take the example of a competition during which a
master of ceremonies imposes the following subject on a bertsulari: ‘‘Who is
the bell tolling for?’’ and the rhythm for improvisation: ‘‘Zortziko
The bertsulari must in just a few seconds:
the melody which will be adapted to the rhythm imposed
words which rhyme
Decide on the content of the verse
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