Exploring the patterns, figures and flowing ideas of Leo Brouwer



The? history? of? Cuba? in? the? twentieth? century? has? directly? affected? artistic development in that country. Following the Cuban revolution of 1959, Fidel Castro came to? power? and? with? him? a? communist? regime? whereby? almost? all? events? were? directly controlled? by? the? government,? including? artistic? expression.? This? made? it? increasingly more? difficult? for? artistic? creators? to? have? their? own? voice? as? the? government? imposed sanctions on their creativity, similar to the artistic control exercised in Russia at the same time? with? composers? such? as? Dmitry? Shostakovich? (1906–1975).? Communism? did however encourage a deep sense of nationalism in the arts and Cuba was no exception.
Perhaps this was the reason for the large Cuban folk influences in Brouwer’s music. After the? revolution,? it? became? increasingly? more? important? for? Cubans? to? establish? a? culture that? was? distinctly? their? own.? As? Brouwer? lived? through? the? revolution? and? probably received much financial aid during Castro’s regime,this need to create a distinct Cuban voice? was? strong,? as? can? be? discerned? from? the? composer’s? writings? in? his? book? La Musica: The? solution? for? a? colonized? country? is? in? suppressing? the? defining? features? of? the oppressing culture and not the common features withthe universal culture.Brouwer, Leo: La Musica, lo cubano y la innovación,(Havana 1982), 25.

This book will subsequently be referred to as La Musica. Brouwer’s? unique? and? exceptional? talent? for? innovation? through? the? assimilation? of? the ‘universal culture’ has certainly changed the common perception of Cuban art music and earned him? a place among the world’s? greatest? composers. Through? Brouwer’s diligent work? as? a? composer,? administrator,? teacher? and? performer,? the? true? cultural? identity? of Cuba has been firmly established.? In his music Brouwer manages to fuse traditional Cuban music with European ‘art music’, a concept that was virtually unheard of prior to his innovations in the field. Many of Brouwer’s works employ classical European forms such as the sonata and fugue, which are integrated with popular rhythms and sounds fromCuba, both African and Spanish in origin, as the composer himself explains…)

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Exploring the patterns, figures and flowing ideas of Leo Brouwer



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