Bachianas Brasileiras #9

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There are two versions of this work, written in 1945: one for strings, and another for mixed chorus.

Thesis: Gerling, Fredi Vieira, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. 2000. Performance anaylsis and analysis for performance: a study of Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras no. 9. Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Iowa, 2000.

Thesis: Otero, Stephanie. 1999. Heitor Villa-Lobos' contribution to the national music of Brazil with analyses of Bachianas Braseilieras no. 1 and no. 9. Thesis (M.M.)--New Mexico State University, 1999. 

The choral version is dedicated to Aaron Copland.


Choral version: SMATBBString orchestra version: violins, viola, cello, bass


Clinton Nieweg regularly updates a master-list of information about the Bachianas Brasileiras. It's available at (the latest version is from January 2013). This is one of the first scores to be published in the Villa-Lobos Digital project of the Academia Brasileira da Música.  Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1969. Bachianas brasileiras, no. 9 pour orchestre à cordes. Paris: Editions M. Eschig. Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1984. Bachianas brasileiras: no 9 : pour orchestre de voix. Paris: Editions M. Eschig. 


Premiere (orchestral version): 17/11/48, Rio de Janeiro - Theatro Municipal. Quinteto de Cordas da Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira; Eleazar de Carvalho, conductorPremiere (choral version): 25/10/75, Rio de Janeiro - Sala Cecília Meireles. Coral Artis Canticum; Nelson de Macedo, directorMost of the performances in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database (77 as of August 2009) are for the string orchestra version, though the choral version is becoming more popular.

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