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Leo Brouwer
Leo Brouwer
     Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor Leo Brouwer was born on the 1st of March 1939 in Havana. He learned the guitar playing by I. Nicola, studied composition in class of professor V. Persiketty. As a composer, Leo Brouwer developed under the influence of different musical movements. Joined to avantgardism, he wrote a row of allegoric compositions: "Sonogram I" for prepared grand piano (1963), "Commutations" for three performers (1966), Concert for jazz-quintet with the orchestra (1967), "Escaedras" for six instrument groups (1969), collage "Tradition is interrupted., but it is worse to worn" - compositions, supposing audience participation and using method of simultaneous sounding of clifferent pieces (1969).
     His concert activity Leo Brouwer began as a guitarist 1955 on Cuba and then performed successfully in other countries. His repertoire had his own compositions and also compositions of Vivaldy and Stravinsky, arrangements of folk melodies and dances (Creole gukhira, sapateado) and others. He tought harmony, counterpoint and composition in Roldan conservatory in Havana, gave lessons of guitar play and modern composition in many countries at large international festivals of guitar music, including the festival "Warsaw autumn" in 1961, worked as a consultant in the musical stuff of Cuban radio and other organizations, led the created of him acoustic experiment group, worked to gether with the recording studios.
     In the last time Leo Brouwer is the conductor of Cuban national symphonic orchestra.
     The list of Leo Brouwer's compositions is diverse. It includes different musical genres and forms. Among his compositions for the guitar are: Suite I (1955), Prelude (1955), Character dance (1956), Fugue I (1957), Pieces without names I and II (1957) and III (1963), Three sketches (1959), Praise to dance (1964) and others. They were written with vivid modern language; simplicity, expressiveness, impression of national style are peculiar to them and make them interesting for wide musical audience.

 


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