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This has to be "épure" as a feminine noun qualified by the adjective "réfléchie", otherwise it doesn't make grammatical sense in terms of agreement.
So where does that leave us? My dictionary gives "working drawing" for *épure*, though I think the meanings of "épuré " (uncluttered, clean) must have been in the author's mind, too.
Therefore, your suggestion is a very good one. My other thought - "studied sketchiness" - sounds a bit funny!
Dr Andrew Read United Kingdom Local time: 04:13 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 128
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Explanation: "...between virtuoso passages and reflective improvisation..."
I am find that "traits" is "passages" musicologically speaking, and the rest comes intuitionally. I am pretty sure "épuré" in this context, literally meaining "working" (drawings etc) could transmute into "improvisation" in this context.
Adam Thomson Local time: 04:13 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 98