Momoprécoce

Appleby Catalogue W number: 
W240
Year Composed: 

Category:

Momoprécoce, fantasy for piano and orchestra.  There's also a version by Villa-Lobos for piano & band (W259).

Coifman, David. 2000. Momoprecóce by Heitor Villa-Lobos: a musical example of Latin American carnivalization. Thesis (M.A. in Music)--University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, 2000.

Heitor Villa-Lobos's Momoprecoce fantasy for piano and orchestra (1919-1929): An historical, stylistic, and interpretive study, by Leitao, Simone Azevedo, D.M.A., University of Miami, 2009

"The composition is said to have been inspired by the children's carnival in Rio's suburbs during the actual three days of the carnival.  Children are then dressed as adults and like them form historical processions.  The aim of Momoprécoce was to create colorful musical pictures of this great folk festival of Brazil." - Tarasti (1995), p. 336.

Momoprécoce is dedicated to the pianist Magda Tagliaferro.

Thesis: Coifman, David. 2000. Mômoprecóce by Heitor Villa-Lobos: a musical example of Latin American carnivalization. Thesis (M.A. in Music)--University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, 2000.

The composition date is given by Appleby (1988) as 1921, but by Villa-Lobos: Sua Obra (1989) as 1929.

See this post from Tumbling Villa-Lobos for a performance by Cristina Ortiz.

Instrumentation: 

This work is an arrangement for piano and orchestra of previously composed piano pieces from the Carnaval das criancas.

Scores: 

Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1929. Mômo precoce: fantaisie pour piano et orchestre sur le "Carnaval des enfants brésiliens" : (1919). This is one of the first scores to be published in the Villa-Lobos Digital project of the Academia Brasileira da Música.  

Performances: 

The first performance of Momoprécoce was in Amsterdam in 1929.  Magda Tagliaferro played the piano, and Pierre Monteux conducted. This work was included in the Villa-Lobos Festival in Paris in 1930. Though I show no performances between 2001 and 2009, this work is finally getting its due. There are more than twenty records in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database as of March 2012. See this post at The Villa-Lobos Magazine.

Category: 
Concertos