Date of Award

Spring 5-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



Committee Chair

Nicholas Ciraldo

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 3 Department


Committee Member 4

Marcos Machado

Committee Member 4 Department


Committee Member 5

Alexander Russakovsky

Committee Member 5 Department



This document presents a detailed performance and pedagogical analysis of the Estudios Sencillos by the Cuban composer, Leo Brouwer. Such pertinent musical aspects as biographical data of the composer, Afro-Cuban traditions, Cuban composers, and philosophical and artistic trends that impacted Brouwer's aesthetic world are studied and discussed.

Virtually any of Brouwer's works can serve to convey this information, but it is particularly this group of pieces that better suits the study of Afro-Cuban elements within a pedagogical focus since no other of Brouwer's compositions is set with this particular target in mind: etudes for the development and/or implementation of a particular technical skill.

The author offers suggestions for each of the etudes regarding fingerings, strokes, dynamics, and interpretation based on his own findings and pedagogical experience. A chapter of the document is dedicated to describing the Afro-Cuban phenomena that served as an influence to Brouwer's oeuvre. A glossary of important terms is also included.