Leo Brouwer went from being an orphan in Cuba to one of the most . “That’s the case of The Beatles, among others, or a Leonard Cohen. Looking for Leo Brouwer sheet music? You’ll find a wide selection of Leo Brouwer sheet music, songbooks, and music books at Sheet Music Plus. I’m old enough to remember lying in my bed at night in my suburban New York home in February of (50 years ago!), with my trusty little.

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April 11, 4: Brouwer’s models were BartokSchumannRachmaninov and Stravinsky.

Today, he focuses all of his energy on lwo, noting that he still has a lot of work to do. Why am I fascinated with this?


In addition to his prolific career as a composer, Brouwer also founded important cultural institutions in Cuba. Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima first heard Brouwer’s music when he bbeatles touring in Europe, in the early s.

Part of that style is incorporating traditional music and Cuban instruments in classical music forms. I spent four hours a day standing, studying Stravinskyincluding one of Mozart ‘s string quartets, who was one of my first teachers of the traditional leeo And I still write music that way.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Perhaps my roots in solitude, of being an orphan — it forces me to these reflections.


Leo Brouwer went from being an orphan in Cuba to one of the most prolific Latin American composers alive today. Brouwer taught himself everything he knows about music.

Inhe created the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry and helped organize the conservatories on the island. Deceptive Cadence Brouwer, one of Latin America’s most renowned classical composers, sees music as a form of service. That’s the world in which I began to compose,” he says. He decided to arrange their music for classical instruments because of a particular Cuban minister of culture and his views on music.

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He’s just grateful that people are moved by his music. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.

The problem is much more serious,” he says. But at the age of 78, Brouwer finds it hard to reflect on his legacy. So he decided to go look for arrangemenys father. His parents divorced when he was very young, and his mother died when he was Those boleros they wrote will transcend history because they’re bearles.

He stopped playing the guitar in the late ’70s, after an accident permanently damaged the middle finger of his right hand. The guitar was a reference, for fingerings and things like that.

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That view was widespread during the old Soviet era, that some music was degenerate, that it was a Nazi heritage,” Brouwer explains. His works are played regularly in concert halls around the world, and he’s scored more than 50 films. 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. What am I doing here? He wanted to do for the guitar what they had done for instruments like piano and violin.


We were forbidden, we became close friends, and here we are. I trained the ear and I wrote on the table. 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 minister is long gone. Heard on All Things Considered. Leo Brouwer is considered one of the most important living figures of classical music in Latin America. Brouwer says he listened to Cuba’s classical radio station all the time and learned how to read sheet music by haunting music stores in Havana when he was 15 years old.

Including those that could be labeled commercial,” Brouwer says.

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