Choros #12

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This sprawling work contains lots of great stuff: big tunes, interesting rhythms, and felicitous bits of orchestration.  It's a valuable work and one of Villa's great, big orchestral "things".

This excellent review by Bert Berenschot (whose opinion I value very highly!) is a good introduction to the work.

The work was dedicated to Jose Candido de Andrade Muricy.


2 piccolos 3 flutes 3 oboes English horn 3 clarinets bass clarinet 2 saxophones 3 bassoons contrabassoon 8 horns 4 trumpets 4 trombones tuba timpani tam-tam cymbals cuica bombo xylophone tambor celesta 2 harps piano strings


The work is published by Max Eschig.  The autograph score (227 pp.) is in the Museu Villa-Lobos.


Finally, this work is being performed in Sao Paulo at the end of 2012.An important historic performance: February 23, 1945 - Villa-Lobos conducted the premiere of Choros No. 12 with the Boston Symphony.

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