Concerto Grosso for Woodwind Quartet and Wind Orchestra

Appleby Catalogue W number: 
W565
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Composed in Mexico, for Robert Boudreau and the American Wind Symphony, and first performed at Pittsburgh on July 5, 1959, just before Villa's death.

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Allegretto scherzando
  3. Andante

Dedicated to Mindinha.

Thesis: Smith, Shawn Terrell. 2005. The wind writing of Heitor Villa-Lobos: an examination of his compositional style with a conductor's analysis of Concerto grosso for woodwind quartet and wind orchestra. Thesis (D.M.A.)--Arizona State University, 2005.

Here's an article by Vincent Corozine at Banddirector.com on the Concerto Grosso.

Instrumentation: 

For flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon soli, 4 (piccolo) 4 (english horn) 5 (bass clarinet) 3/4 (contrabassoon) 6461 timpani, percussion (4), celesta, harp (contrabass clarinet, contrabass optional).

Scores: 
      Concerto Grosso  By Heitor Villa-Lobos. Edited by Taub. For flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon soli, 4 (piccolo) 4 (english horn) 5 (bass clarinet) 3/4 (contrabassoon) 6461 timpani, percussion (4), celesta, harp (contrabass clarinet, contrabass optional). Duration 12'. Published by C.F. Peters. (P66870)

The autograph score (91 pp.) is in the Museu Villa-Lobos.

Performances: 

The premiere was by the American Wind Symphony in Pittsburgh, July 4, 1959.

This beautiful work should be better known in wind band circles.  There are only few records in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database as of March 2013. Here is one from Rio de Janeiro in 2009:

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