Welcome to the Heitor Villa-Lobos Website; presented by the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

In December 2013, the former villalobos.ca website was transitioned over to Indiana University. The website is now managed by the Latin American Music Center with the Jacobs School of Music at IU.

Who is Heitor Villa-Lobos?

Heitor Villa-Lobos (March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music".  Villa-Lobos has become the best-known and most significant Latin American composer to date.  He wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified by his Bachianas Brasileiras (Brazilian Bachian-pieces). -Wikipedia Page

Scholarship on Villa-Lobos by Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press has two books out that should appeal both to Villa-Lobos’s scholars and the general public interested in the composer.

Unusual Instruments in Villa-Lobos music


Leonard Bernstein's notes about Unusual Instruments in Villa-Lobos's music, from his Young People's Concerts episode The Latin American Spirit, broadcast on CBS Television. There's more about this at The Villa-Lobos Magazine. This is from The Library of Congress website.

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