I saw a note that Yang Xuefei wrote regarding Leo Brouwer's London Concert.. Below is quoted from Xuefei's facebook page.
Great to see Maestro #LeoBrouwer again in London last Friday. I previously had the honour to perform his Habana Concerto (No.7) with the Winterthur orchestra - I was moved by his honesty and passion for music.
I remember a few things he said at a public masterclass on Friday that I thought were really good points. I share my notes with you here :
- My work is constructed and rational, not just based on inspiration.
- 20th century music has more contrast and colour, whilst before it's more homogeneous.
- Don't memorise music too early on when learning a piece, otherwise you are repeating mistakes.
- You should listen to a lot of symphonies, string quartets, piano, violin, etc (in order to learn).
- There's too much pop culture on TV and radio.
- We can't better Beethoven, so I won't try to write another Beethoven Symphony No. Five, but I can give representations of these traditions in my works.
We are also honoured to have Maestro Brouwer on the jury for the composition competition at the Changsha Festival this year