Monday Motivation: Brouwer Edition by Christopher Davis “When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.” -Cicero Today we feature Leo Brouwer performing Astor Piazzolla‘s La Muerte del Angel. 8 Responses 2010 February 15 Manny permalink Pure Magic 2010 February 16 Stephen permalink That really is inspirational – amazing how relaxed he seems. Just fantastic – Manny summed it up perfectly. 2011 May 12 Arthur L. permalink Here’s a good video of Leo Brouwer’s Parabola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apBfn6bMX3U played by Seth Guillen. This performance is part of his master’s degree requirements. Actually: What are the requirements for a master’s degree at different universities? Are there any institutions where a master is easier to obtain, and others where the level is much higher and it’s much tougher? (And how much freedom does a player have, in choosing only the easy works from a catalogue and get away with it?) 2011 May 12 Arthur L. permalink My prev. post is somewhat limited to masters. Actually it’s more interesting to look at Batchelor, and DMA as well. 2011 May 12 Christopher Davis permalink Generally, players have a lot of freedom in what they play. And yes, there are institutions that are harder to get into, and the programs are tougher. I tend to think the level of playing and academics at an institution is more of a product of their exclusivity than a truly high level program. In other words, good students come because the school is well known. With good students, the teachers can present material quicker and get to more advanced stuff. 2011 May 14 Erons permalink There a fantastic video showing Leo Brouwer at the fantastic Mikulov Guitar Festival (in 2008). http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/1090848244-notes/308295350110007/ See tracktime 8:40 – 17:55 2011 June 8 Pierre permalink Great Video – made in Europe! Ban it! This is underground stuff!! 😉 It’s rare that we get to see current videos of Brouwer and some high quality vids of Europe’s top performers, including: Paolo Pegoraro and Trio Nahual, Carles Trepat, Petra Poláčková, etc. 2011 June 8 Pierre permalink What about some modern performances with ensemble! There are some classic works available, such as: Pierre Boulez: le Marteau sans maître http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIXPsEM_x0k&playnext=1&list=PLA8DA966277C6F314 (guitarist: Pablo Márquez) How about that for a Monday motivation?