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LEO BROUWER  

(b 1939 )

The composer, guitarist and conductor Leo Brouwer Mezquida was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1939 into a family of musicians. He had his first music lessons from his father, Juan Brouwer, and his aunt, Caridad Mezquida, while his great-uncle, Ernesto Lecuona, had been famous both as a composer and as a pianist. He had his first guitar lessons in 1953 with Isaac Nicola, who established the modern school of Cuban guitar-playing, and two years later began to study composition on his own.

In 1959 he was awarded a scholarship for further study of the guitar in America at Hartford University and of composition at the Juilliard School in New York, where his studies were with Vincent Persichetti, Stefan Wolpe, Isadore Preed, J. Diemente and Joseph Iadone. In 1960 he was appointed director of the Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos, a position that, over the years, brought the composition of a large number of film scores both in Cuba and abroad. From this time onwards he was associated with the Cuban musical avant-garde, serving as adviser to Radio Habana Cuba and teaching at the Conservatorio Nacional, and, as occasion demanded, in universities abroad. He established the biennial Cuban Guitar Competition and Festival and since 1981 has been general director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba. Conducting engagements have taken him to a number of countries.

It is possible to distinguish three periods in Brouwer’s development as a composer. The first of these started in 1954, with a series of pieces that explored the resources of the guitar in works that combined traditional classical forms with Cuban inspiration. In the 1960s, after the Cuban revolution, he came to know the work of avant-garde composers such as Penderecki and Bussotti, when he attended the 1961 Warsaw Autumn Festival, absorbing these influences and those of leading contemporary composers who visited Cuba from abroad, into a very personal style that made use of modern techniques of various kinds, including elements of post-serialism and the aleatoric.

The late 1970s brought a third period that Brouwer himself has described as national hyperromanticism, a return to Afro-Cuban roots coupled with elements of traditional technique and of minimalism. In addition to his many film scores, he has written orchestral works, including concertos for the guitar, the flute, and the violin, and chamber works that often include the guitar. Many of his guitar compositions have won an international reputation, with a firm place in current repertoire, played and recorded by guitarists throughout the world.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Guitarra Latina Naxos 8.505197
Idil Biret LP Originals Edition Naxos 8.501402
Zauber der Klassischen Gitarre Naxos 8.503060

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BARRIOS MANGORE / VILLA-LOBOS / BROUWER: Guitar Music BIS
BIS-CD-340
Instrumental
BROUWER, L.: Guitar Concerto No. 5 / From Yesterday to Penny Lane / ALBENIZ, I.: Iberia, Book 1 (excerpts) (arr. L. Brouwer) (Korhonen) Ondine
ODE979-2
Orchestral, Concertos
BROUWER: Guitar Music, Vol. 1 - Estudios sencillos / Tres apuntes / Cancion de cuna Naxos
8.553630
Instrumental
BROUWER: Guitar Music, Vol. 2 - Decameron Negro (El) / Preludios Epigramaticos Naxos
8.554553
Instrumental
BROUWER: Guitar Music, Vol. 3 - Sonata / Hika / Suite No. 2 / Rio de los Orishas Naxos
8.554195
Instrumental
BROUWER: Guitar Music, Vol. 4 - La Ciudad de las Columnas / Nuevos Estudios Sencillos Naxos
8.570251
Instrumental
Cavatina - Highlights from the Guitar Collection Naxos
8.554400
Instrumental
GINASTERA / BROUWER / PONCE: Piano and Guitar Music BIS
BIS-CD-671
Concertos
Guitar Music from Cuba Naxos
8.555887
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Antigoni Goni Naxos
8.553774
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Coves, Vicente - PONCE, M.M. / ROMERO, C. / BROUWER, L. / MOREL, J. / BARRIOS MANGORE, A. (Latin-American Music for Guitar) Naxos
8.572527
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Korhonen, Timo - BROUWER, L. / DONATONI, F. / KOSKELIN, A. / GINASTERA. A. Ondine
ODE730-2
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Kulikova, Irina - PONCE, M. / TANSMAN, A. / BROUWER, L. / JOSE, A. Naxos
8.572390
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Mamedkuliev, Rovshan - ALBENIZ, I. / TURINA, J. / AMIROV, F. / LLOBET SOLES, M. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.573179
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Meuller, Ronald - DOMENICA, C. / BROUWER, L. / YOCOH, Y. / GRANADOS, E. / SOR, F. / PATINO, A. / GOMEZ CRESPO, J.(Guitar Favourites) Oehms Classics
OC791
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Moller, Johannes - BARRIOS MANGORE, A. / CRAEYVAGNER, K.A. / REGONDI, G. / VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GOUGEON, D. / BROUWER, L. Naxos
8.572715
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Perera, Cecilio - PONCE, M.M. / BROUWER, L. / OLIVA, J.C. / SOJO, V.E. Naxos
8.573025
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Ricardo Gallen Naxos
8.554832
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Thomas Viloteau Naxos
8.570510
Instrumental
LATIN AMERICAN GUITAR CLASSICS Naxos
8.570163-64
Instrumental
Latin American Guitar Festival Naxos
8.550273
Instrumental
Latin American Guitar Music Naxos
8.557329
Instrumental
Piano Music (20th Century) - BOUCOURECHLIEV, A. / CASTIGLIONI, N. / BROUWER, L. / MIMAROGLU, I. (New Line Piano) (Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 3) Idil Biret Archive
8.571276
Instrumental
TAKEMITSU, Toru: Original Solo Guitar Works (Complete) (Shin-ichi Fukuda) (Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.573153
Instrumental
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: 12 Etudes / BROUWER, L.: Estudios Sencillos (Korhonen) Ondine
ODE1028-2
Instrumental
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