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Leo Brouwer

Leo Brouwer

"Leo Brouwer" (born March 1, 1939) is a Cuban composer, guitarist and conductor.

Brouwer was born in Havana, and went to the United States to study music at the University of Hartford and later at the Juilliard School, where he was taught composition by Stefan Wolpe. Brouwer's early works show the influence of Cuban folk music, but during the 1960s and 70s, he became interested in the music of modernist composers such as Luigi Nono and Iannis Xenakis, using indeterminacy in works such as ''Sonograma I''. Other works from this period include the guitar pieces ''Canticum'' (1968), ''La espiral eterna'' (1971), ''Parábola'' (1973) and ''Tarantos'' (1974). More recently, Brouwer's works have started leaning towards tonality and modality. The solo guitar works ''El Decamerón Negro'' (1981) the ''Sonata'' (1990; for Julian Bream) and ''Paisaje cubano con campanas'' (1996) exemplify this tendency.

Brouwer has held a number of official posts in Cuba, including the directorship of the Cinema Institute of Cuba's music department. Among his works are a large number of solo guitar pieces, several guitar concertos and over forty film scores. Leo Brouwer is involved in the Concurso y...

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