An earlier version of this work was my first composition for the guitar. It was written in Graz, Austria, where I studied. The idea and encouragement to write three character pieces in different Latin styles was given to me by the Croatian guitarist Mario Nardelli, Jr., who subsequently performed the pieces several times on his concert tour of Yugoslavia in 1983. Some twenty years later, another Croatian guitarist Zarko Ignjatovic, requested the manuscript, which led me to take a new look at the pieces and do several revisions. Since I made the revisions Zarko has performed the pieces numerous times in several European countries.
As suggested by the titles, the Three Latin American Impressions are inspired by the music of the great composers, Antonio Lauro, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Leo Brouwer