Personalities | Heitor Villa-Lobos | Modern Era | Classical
(A’-tôr Vel’-la Lo’-bos) 1887–1959
As a boy, Villa-Lobos played in dance bands and travelled throughout Brazil before studying composition. Concerts in Rio de Janeiro made him sufficient money to travel to Paris, where the colourful exoticism of his music became very popular. He then returned to Brazil, where he taught as well as composed. He wrote many symphonies, concertos and chamber works, but his most characteristic pieces are the 14 Chôros (1920–29) and the nine Bachianas Brasileiras (1930–44), both for various instrumental groups and based on Brazilian folk models, in the latter combined with forms derived from J. S. Bach.
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, French National Radio Orchestra (cond) Heitor Villa-Lobos (EMI/Warner)
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