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Title: The pedagogical value of Léo Brouwer’s Études Simples: a perspective on preserving an exquisite, yet neglected custom
Authors: Kronenberg, Clive W 
Keywords: Classical guitar;Études Simples;Guitar methodology;Léo Brouwer;Music analysis
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Sage
Source: Kronenberg, C.W. 2013. The pedagogical value of Léo Brouwer’s Études Simples: a perspective on preserving an exquisite, yet neglected custom. International Journal of Music Education, 13(2). [https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0255761413480916]
Journal: International Journal of Music Education 
Abstract: The decline in the status of the classical guitar is, for many, a cause of concern, calling for viable answers to restore its place in the expressive arts tradition. In this article, I explore a pedagogical style specifically intended for young and/or inexperienced players. It is argued that this endeavor could prospectively benefit a range of guitar teachers, their locality or nationality notwithstanding. Following the brief overview of guitar methodologies, the article presents some of the key pedagogical goals and ideas of the universally-acclaimed Cuban guitar composer Léo Brouwer (1939–). Employing the first 10 studies of Brouwer’s Études Simples for analysis, I illustrate the composer’s pragmatic presentation of a range of mandatory techniques. It is argued that Brouwer’s pedagogical approach meaningfully contributes to the restoration and elevation of an exquisite, yet neglected musical custom.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11189/2231
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0255761413480916
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