Links to other websites

Instituto Antonio Carlos Jobim

The Instituto Antonio Carlos Jobim website is amazing. Browsing the new Manakin interface to the DSpace digital repository shows how large Villa-Lobos loomed for Jobim. Most interesting is a three-page cronica of Villa-Lobos, from 1987, the Villa-Lobos Centennial year [an excerpt is shown below:]



Carmen Miranda Links

"Carmen Miranda carried her country in her luggage, and taught people who had no idea of our existence to adore our music and our rhythm. Brazil will always have an unpayable debt to Carmen Miranda."

- Villa Lobos, quoted in "Carmen Miranda: The High Price of Fame & Bananas," in Latina Legacies: Identity, Biography, and Community, Vicki L. Ruiz, p. 193.


The Archives of Ellen Ballon: A Finding Aid

Ellen Ballon (1898-1969) was a Canadian pianist who commisioned the First Piano Concerto. She performed the premiere performance of the work, and recorded a famous LP (London LL 77), with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and conductor Ernest Ansermet. Her dealings with Villa-Lobos are documented at Dalhousie University's library in Halifax NS.


Villa-Lobos at

The Villa-Lobos page at is great - from the excellent caricature by John Minnion to the great picture of Villa on the 'phone to the nice mini-biography.

And that's not even mentioning the awesome Naxos/Marco Polo discography, and the important works from Sweden on the BIS label.



Brasiliana Brasiliana is a regular publication of the Academia Brasileira de Musica.
Brasiliana #3


Heitor Villa-Lobos: a survey of his guitar music

It's been great to have this important document on the web all these years:

Orlando Fraga, "Heitor Villa-Lobos: a survey of his guitar music," UFPr Arts Department , Electronic Musicological Review, Vol. 1.1/September 1996.


HVL Profile at BBC

A profile of Villa-Lobos on the BBC website.  Includes a link to an excellent review of a recent recording of Symphony #10.

See also this interesting post about singing the choral version of the Bachianas Brasileiras #9 - "a virtuoso prelude and fugue for unaccompanied voices which the [BBC] Singers dispatch with breathtaking ease".


The Burle Marx Brazilian Music Collection at the University of Akron Bierce Library

The Brazilian Music Collection of The University of Akron Bierce Library has an excellent web-site, managed by Professor James Ryon.  The collection is dedicated to the memory of Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian composer/ conductor/pianist, whose entire opus was contributed to the collection in 1997.  Burle Marx conducted many important Villa-Lobos concerts in New York in the late 1950's.  The Collection is searchable on the web.  This is a valuable North American resource for serious Villa-Lobos scholars.


Latin American Music Centre

The Latin American Music Centre is based at Indiana University's School of Music.  Lots of resources here, including the archives for the important mailing list Academic Discussion of Latin American Music - lamc-l.



Museu Villa-Lobos


This is the Villa-Lobos Mothership: the Museu Villa-Lobos in the Botafogo district of Rio de Janeiro.

Portuguese version:

English version:


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