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He stopped playing the guitar in the late ’70s, after an accident permanently damaged the middle finger of his right hand. He decided to arrange their music for classical instruments because of a particular Cuban minister of culture and his views on music. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Part of that style is incorporating traditional music and Cuban instruments in classical music forms. Brouqer am I fascinated with this?

He wanted to do for the guitar what they had done for instruments like piano and violin.

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That’s the world in which I began to compose,” he says. Even though his grandmother was the sister of renowned composer Ernesto Lecuona, the wealthy family refused to pay for any kind of music education and wanted nothing do to with him. Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima first heard Brouwer’s music when he was touring in Europe, in the early s. Brouwer says he listened to Cuba’s classical radio bsatles all the time and learned how to read sheet music by haunting music stores in Havana when he was 15 years old.


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Inbrouaer created the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry and helped organize the conservatories on the island. Leo Brouwer went from being an orphan in Cuba to one of the most prolific Latin American composers alive today. April 11, 4: That view was widespread during the old Soviet era, that some music was degenerate, that it was a Nazi heritage,” Ardangements explains. What am I doing here? Brouwer’s models were BartokSchumannRachmaninov and Stravinsky.

But at the age of 78, Brouwer finds it hard to reflect on his legacy. Brouwer has a special place in his heart for The Beatles. Leo Brouwer is considered one of the most important living figures of classical music in Latin America.

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Those boleros they wrote will transcend history because they’re incredible. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. His works elo played regularly in concert halls around the world, and he’s scored more than 50 films.

Deceptive Cadence Brouwer, one of Latin America’s most renowned classical composers, sees music as a form of service. And I still write music that way. In addition to his prolific career as a composer, Brouwer also founded important cultural institutions in Cuba.


We were forbidden, we became close arrangemenhs, and here we are.

But Brouwer is also a big fan of popular music and says it’s just as important as anything written for the concert hall.

The problem is much more serious,” he says.

He’s just grateful that people are moved by his music. Today, he focuses all of his energy on composing, noting that he still has a lot of work to do. Perhaps my roots in solitude, of being an orphan — it forces me to these reflections.

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Brouwer taught himself everything he knows about music. The minister is long gone. I trained the ear and I wrote on the table.

I spent four hours a day standing, studying Stravinskyarranngements one of Mozart ‘s string quartets, who was one of my first teachers of the traditional forms His parents divorced when he was very young, and his mother died when he was Including those that could be labeled commercial,” Brouwer says. So he decided to go look for his father. The guitar was a reference, for fingerings and things like that.