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, itsraison 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 to a Jewish family of British, Ukrainian and Polish origin. He studied flute with Celso Woltzenlogel, Lenir Siqueira and Eduardo Monteiro, and music composition with Marisa Rezende at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro from where he received his Masters degree. He also studied solfège, harmony and counterpoint with Vladimir Skolnik and Menachem Tzur in the Jerusalem Rubin Academy, Israel. Mr. Eisenberg has been an active flutist since 1985. He took part in several concerts and recitals as soloist, chamber player and orchestramember, and was principal flute in the Amazonas Philharmonic (Manaus, northern Brazil) from 1997 to1999. He premiered many works by Brazilian contemporary composers, some of which were dedicated to him. As a composer, Mr. Eisenberg participated in Brazilian contemporary music festivals since 1985.The MEC/RJ radio broadcast (Rio de Janeiro) produced a program dedicated to his works in 1990. He has also had works commissioned by prominent Brazilian performers, like Celso Woltzenlogel, Nicolas Barros and Fábio Adour, as well as by festivals—like the Bienal de Música Brasileira Contemporânea and Estréias Brasileiras no CCBB. At the present time, he is a composition doctoral student at IndianaUniversity School of Music, USA, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Fellowship for distinguisheddoctoral students, and is an associate instructor of composition and counterpoint. With the Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Mr. Eisenberg won the First Prize at the 1999 Rodrigo Riera International Guitar Composition Competition in Caracas, Venezuela.