Choros #06

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Written for orchestra in Rio in 1926, Choros #06 is dedicated to Arminda Neves d'Almeida.

Prof. Tarasti calls this work Villa-Lobos's Pastoral Symphony: " is by nature a lyrical work."  He quotes Villa-Lobos:

"...the atmosphere of the work relects a sort of impression of the deserts of Northeastern Brazil: the climate, colors, temperature, light, birdsong, the fragrance of the capim grass blending with the capoeiras and all the elements of nature in a desert." Tarasti (1995), p. 109


piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 4 trombones, tuba, timpani, tam-tam, saxophone, xylophone, bells, cymbals, bass drum, celesta, 2 harps, strings, tartaruga, camisao grande, cuica, reco-reco, tambu, tambi, tamborim, roncador, chocalhos, tamborim de samba


Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1987. Chôros no 6 pour orchestre. Paris: M. Eschig.This is one of the first scores to be published in the Villa-Lobos Digital project of the Academia Brasileira da Música.


For many years we were without an easily-available commercial recording of Choros #06, but things are much better now.The ASV disc of the first seven Choros, Adrian Leaper conducting the Orquestra Filarmonica De Gran Canaria, contains a fine version of Choros #06.   But my first recommendation is the new disc from BIS, the first in a projected series of the complete Choros, with John Neschling conducting the Orquestra Sinfónica do Estado de São Paulo - OSESP. 


The premiere performance of the work was on July 18, 1942, at the Teatro Municipal in Rio, with Villa-Lobos conducting the Orquestra do Teatro Municipal.Lots of interest in this work lately: there are more than forty performances listed as of February 2012. 

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