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The composer says: Prelude, Chorale and Fugue was commissioned by the Brazilian guitarist Nicolas de Souza Barros. The work features a combination of extended traditional European forms and compositional techniques with a wholly Panamerican atmosphere, from American jazz to the Brazilian Seresta and Choro. The composer owes an important part of this piece’s formal idea to César Franck’s homonymous piano work and his inspiration from the cultural freshness of the American continent. However, its raison d’être has been the intimate and intrinsic relationship between the guitar and the composer’s native Brazil, of which that marvelous instrument has become its most prominent musical voice.
Alexandre Eisenberg was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1966. An active flutist since 1985, he has been taking part in many concerts and recitals as soloist, chamber player and orchestra member both in Brazil and USA, and was principal flute in the Amazonas Philharmonic (Manaus, northern Brazil) from 1997 to 1999. He premiered many works by Brazilian contemporary composers, some of which were dedicated to him. As an active composer, Mr. Eisenberg's activities also date back to 1985, including several works commissioned by prominent players such as Brazilian guitarists Nicolas Barros and Fabio Adour, Venezuelan clarinetist Jorge Montilla and Israeli violist Yuval Gotlibovich, as well as institutions such as the Brazilian National Flute Association and the Brazilian Contemporary Music Biennale. Mr. Eisenberg has won the 1999 Rodrigo Riera International Guitar Composition Competition in Caracas, Venezuela, the Angoulême 2005 International Bassoon Composition Competition in Angoulême, France, and the 2005 Dean's Prize in Chamber Music Composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, USA. At the present time, he is an adjunct professor of music at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, where he teaches composition and related courses
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