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Julian Bream died at the age of 87 Classical guitar pioneer

08/14/2020 by Gerhard Sp├Ąth

Classical guitar in the concert hall? What is taken for granted today was still considered a curiosity in post-war England. The British Julian Bream had set himself the goal of changing that all his life - with success. Now the guitarist died at the age of 87.

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Because no one else had played this instrument far and wide, he was probably something like the best boy in a girls' school. Guitarist Julian Bream rejects the label "child prodigy" for himself with typical British humor and understatement. But of course he was an unusually gifted boy who made his debut as a soloist at the age of 13, and on top of that with an instrument that you couldn't even study in post-war England. The classical guitar was exotic and not present at music colleges or in concert halls.

If you have a passion and you follow your star then you will get there at some point.

Julian Bream fell in love with the guitar, studied piano and violoncello at the Royal College of Music in London and transferred his musical knowledge to his instrument, the technique of which he largely taught himself. "Many musicians are self-taught, their number is surprising. If you have a passion for a sound, an instrument or a musical genre and follow your star, then you will come there at some point. It has to do with passion, with enthusiasm, with restlessness. You do something very intensely and then - with luck - you can do it, "said Bream.

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Bream did it. He broke away from the powerful role model Andres Segovia, established the guitar in the concert hall and above all expanded the repertoire by winning many composers to write for the guitar: Benjamin Britten, Hans Werner Henze, William Walton, Malcolm Arnold or Toru Takemitsu , to name just a few. Incidentally, Bream was also committed to the maintenance of lute music and gave important impulses to the early music movement through his collaboration with the tenor Peter Pears and the establishment of the Julian Bream Consort. Eighteen years ago, after 55 years on stage and well over 40 record productions, Julian Bream retired into private life. He last lived in the country in the southern English county of Whiltshire. He loved peace and seclusion, but was still heavily committed to the next generation of guitarists through his foundation, the "Julian Bream Trust", he commissioned compositions and organized concerts.

The fact that the guitar and the lute are no longer marginal phenomena in the music business and are taught at almost all music institutes is the best proof that Bream's "mission" was successful.

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