Guinle brothers - Arnaldo (1884-1964) and Carlos (1883-1969)

foto_08Brazilian philanthropists.  Their generous grants of money to Villa-Lobos allowed him to spend more than three years in Paris, from 1927-1930.  This was money well spent; it allowed Villa-Lobos to learn from the great masters who lived in Paris at the time, and to create his Brazilian persona.  The Guinle legacy is one of the great stories in the history of philanthropy. [Arnaldo is pictured to the right, in a photo from the Museu Villa-Lobos]

From Tumbling Villa-Lobos:

"Two years ago, during a dinner at the home of one of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest industrialists, the guests were speaking about Villa-Lobos. I said that I considered him one of the greatest composers of our century and that he would be enthusiastically welcomed in Europe, where he would be able to have his bigger works performed. The host interrupted me and laconically asked the question: ‘And how much money is needed for this?’ I named a fantastic amount. A little while later, I held in my hand a check for that amount."
- Arthur Rubinstein’s reminiscence from 1927.  The industrialist was Arnaldo Guinle.  This story demonstrates why Villa-Lobos always considered Rubinstein a close friend. From Harvey Sachs & Donald Manildi’s Rubinstein: a life.