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Leo Brouwer

March 1, 1939 -
born in Havana, Cuba, composed during the Contemporary period
Progressive Cuban composer and conductor Leo Brouwer was encouraged musically by his father, an amateur guitarist, and began playing the guitar when he was 13. He then became a descendant in an important guitar lineage: Isaac Nicola, his first real instructor, had studied under Emilio Pujol, who himself had been a student of Francisco Tárrega.

Brouwer gave his first performance at 17 and soon was composing music as well. His Prelude was written in 1956 followed by Fugue in 1959. He furthered his musical education in America, studying composition at the Juilliard School and at Hart College in Hartford.

He became director of the Music Department of the Cinema Institute of Cuba in 1961 as well as professor of composition in the Music Conservatory and musical advisor to the National Radio and Television Chair of Havana. He was also named director of the experimental department of the Cuban Institute of Cinema Arts and Industry, where he continued his own work as composer.

Brouwer was the first Cuban composer to use aleatory forms in his compositions. His varied output includes many works for guitar; percussion; prepared and non-prepared piano; a ballet; a chorus of 12 members, three children, and harp; and several orchestral pieces. He has also written music for more than 100 films.

Brouwer's early compositions reflect a Cuban influence and are strongly rhythmic while his later works veer towards a more minimalist style. His passion for the guitar has remained and he is perhaps best known for his Etudes Simples, a group of 20 studies for the classical guitar where technique and musicality function as one. Brouwer has also explored the possibilities of large-scale works for the guitar, particularly in a piece written for the 1979 Esztergom Guitar Competition in Hungary. For the event, Brouwer composed a piece utilizing an orchestra comprised of 200 guitarists.

Beyond his compositional output, Brouwer has conducted some of the world's leading orchestras including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orchestra Nouvelle Philharmonic de Paris, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid. In addition, Brouwer retains duties as principal conductor of the Cordoba Symphony in Spain, artistic director of the Havana Symphony and a member of the International Council of Music. Brouwer has also participated as a guitarist and composer in the festivals of Aldeburgh, Avignon, Edinburgh, Spoleto, Berlin, Toronto, Martinique, and Rome, among others. ~ Tod Whitesel, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Brouwer: Sonata; Hika; Suite No. 2

Title: Sonata For Guitar

1. Sonata For Guitar: I. Fandangos Y Boleros

2. Sonata For Guitar: II. Sarabanda De Scriabin

3. Sonata For Guitar: III. La Toccata De Pasquini

Title: Pieces Latino Americaines (3)

4. Pieces Latino Americaines (3): Variations On A Piazzolla Tango

5. Pieces Latino Americaines (3): Cancion Triste (Guastavino)

6. Pieces Latino Americaines (3): Danza Del Altiplano

Title: Hika "In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu", For Guitar

7. Hika "In Memoriam Toru Takemitsu", For Guitar: Hika

Title: Suite No. 2 For Guitar

8. Suite No. 2 For Guitar: I. Preludio

9. Suite No. 2 For Guitar: II. Allegro Burlesco

10. Suite No. 2 For Guitar: III. Andantino

Title: An Idea (Passacaglia For Eli), For Guitar

11. An Idea (Passacaglia For Eli), For Guitar: An Idea (Passacaglia For Eli)

Title: Paisaje Cubano Con Campañas, For Guitar

12. Paisaje Cubano Con Campañas, For Guitar: Paisaje Cubano Con Campanas

Title: Rito De Los Orishas, For Guitar

13. Rito De Los Orishas, For Guitar: I. Exordium-conjuro

14. Rito De Los Orishas, For Guitar: II. Danza De Las Diosas Negras

Title: Un Dia De Noviembre, For Guitar

15. Un Dia De Noviembre, For Guitar: Un Dia De Noviembre

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Track List: Leo Brouwer: Guitar Music, Vol. 1

Title: Danza Caracteristica For Guitar

1. Danza Caracteristica For Guitar: Danza Carcteristica (Quitate De La Acera)

Title: Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar

2. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: First Series 1

3. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: First Series 2

4. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: First Series 3

5. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: First Series 4

6. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: First Series 5

7. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Second Series 6

8. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Second Series 7

9. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Second Series 8

10. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Second Series 9

11. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Second Series 10

12. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Third Series 11

13. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Third Series 12

14. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Third Series 13

15. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Third Series 14

16. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Third Series 15

17. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Fourth Series 16

18. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Fourth Series 17

19. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Fourth Series 18

20. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Fourth Series 19

21. Estudios Sencillos (20) For Guitar: Fourth Series 20

Title: Preludio For Guitar

22. Preludio For Guitar: Preludio

Title: Fuga For Guitar

23. Fuga For Guitar: Fuga No. 1

Title: Piece Without Title No. 1 For Guitar

24. Piece Without Title No. 1 For Guitar: Piece Without Title No. 1

Title: Piece Without Title No. 2 For Guitar

25. Piece Without Title No. 2 For Guitar: Piece Without Title No. 2

Title: Piece Without Title No. 3 For Guitar

26. Piece Without Title No. 3 For Guitar: Piece Without Title No. 3

Title: Dos Aires Populares Cubanos For Guitar, Nos 1 & 2, Complete

27. Dos Aires Populares Cubanos For Guitar, Nos 1 & 2, Complete: I. Guajira Criolla (On A Them Of Anckerman)

28. Dos Aires Populares Cubanos For Guitar, Nos 1 & 2, Complete: II. Zapateado

Title: Apuntes (3) For Guitar

29. Apuntes (3) For Guitar: I. From "Homanaje A Falla"

30. Apuntes (3) For Guitar: II. De Un Fragmento Instrumental

31. Apuntes (3) For Guitar: III. Sobre Un Canto De Bulgaria

Title: Berceuse: Canción De Cuna On A Theme Of Grenet

32. Berceuse: Canción De Cuna On A Theme Of Grenet: Cancíon De Cuna Berceuse

Title: Ojos Brujos For Guitar

33. Ojos Brujos For Guitar: Sorcerer's Eyes

Title: Elogio De La Danza For Guitar

34. Elogio De La Danza For Guitar: I. Lento

35. Elogio De La Danza For Guitar: II. Obstinato

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The depth of emotion and the range of expression are amazing.
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Fantastico! I love this music, it reminds me of my childhood music filled home, where music was always playing. &while this makes me miss my Cuban Papi and Dominican Mami, it also brought back so many, many happy memories. And the fact that my daughter appreciates can play this genre of music is a dream come true.
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Peace im doing guitar lessons my self going to play this song one day
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Leo Brouwer is hip
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I'm at love with his music...
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just amazing! so much emotion in his phrasing.

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