Study No 3 (Estudio Sencillos) by Leo Brouwer (1939)
Juan Leovigildo Brouwer Mezquida is a Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist. He is the grandson of Cuban composer Ernestina Lecuona Casado. Brouwer is best known for his performances and guitar compositions of modern music.
Study 1. 18 Measures. 2 Pages. Time Signature 3/4. Rapido. repeat each bar twice.
This study has two distinctive right hand finger patterns.
The first pattern is p-a-m-i-a-m-i-p-a-m-i-p. The tricky part of this pattern is the string crossing that happens following the second thumb stroke (p). After this second thumb stroke, the final a-m-i pattern jumps up to strings 2, 3, and 4, rather than staying on strings 1, 2, and 3. This pattern, along with the thumb movement, creates an exciting effect across all six strings of the guitar.
Towards the end of the piece, the right hand pattern changes to p-a-m-i-p-a-m-i. Although the pattern is new, it still includes a string crossing effect like the first section. Leo Brouwer’s Estudios Sencillos: No.6 is an iconic right hand study. However, it also poses some unique challenges for the left hand.
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