Bachianas Brasileiras #3

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The third Bachianas Brasileiras is one of Villa-Lobos's best works for piano and orchestra.

Thesis: Heller, Alfred. 1974. A conductor's guide to Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras, numbers two, three, and eight. Document (DM)--Indiana University. 

See this post at The Villa-Lobos Magazine to watch Cristina Ortiz play BB#3, with Fábio Mechetti conducting the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in a concert from August of 2009.


Solo Piano; 2 Flutes +1 Picc, 2 Oboes +1 English Horn, 2 Clarinets +1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons +1 Contra Bassoon - 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 4 Trombones, 1 Tuba -Timpani, 3 Percussion players (Bass Drum, Tam-tam, Xylophone), Strings


Clinton Nieweg regularly updates a master-list of information about the Bachianas Brasileiras. It's available at (the latest version is from January 2013).

Parts rental available at the Alfred Rental Library.


This work is becoming more popular in live performance, with 24 records in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database (March 24).

Bachianas Brasileiras
Orchestral Works