Guitar Concerto

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"Concerto para violão e pequena orquestra".  Composed for Andrés Segovia (1893-1987) in 1951, the guitar concerto was originally called a "Fantasia Concertante".

Villa-Lobos arranged the work for guitar & piano (W502)

The movements:
1. Allegro preciso
2. Andantino e andante: Cadenza
3. Allegretto non troppo


From YouTube, a video of a portion of the second movement with a fine performance by Natanael Fonseca from Brazil:


Guitar and small orchestra


Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1971. Concerto pour guitare et petit orchestre. Paris: Éditions M. Eschig.


The autograph scores (85 pp. and 36 pp.) are in the Museu Villa-Lobos, as is the autograph of the Cadenza (4 pp.)

This is one of the first scores to be published in the Villa-Lobos Digital project of the Academia Brasileira da Música.



Julian Bream's disc of the Preludes, Etudes, and Guitar Concerto is at the top of my list:  Guitar Concerto, Etudes, Preludes (Bream)

Angel Romero shines in this bargain from EMI:Villa-Lobos: Instrumental Et Orchestral Works

The same performance, with Romero, the LPO and conductor Jesus-Lopez, is included on another set, which is even a better buy: Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras

John Williams is the guitarist and Daniel Barenboim conducts, in The Great Guitar Concertos

Villa-Lobos and Rodrigo often share a disc for guitar concerto CDs, including this one from DGG with Göran Söllscher: Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Fantasía para un gentilhombre No1-5

And this one with Eduardo Fernandez and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Enrique Garcia Asensi: Concierto de Aranjuez

Timo Korhonen's Heitor Villa-Lobos: Complete Works for Guitar, Vol. 1 on the Ondine label includes superb performances of the Concerto, the Etudes, and the Introduction to Choros

The cadenza to the Guitar Concerto is beginning to show up in recordings & concert programmes:


The Guitar Concerto was premiered by Segovia and the Houston Symphony Orchestra on February 6, 1956, with Villa-Lobos conducting.

This is quite a popular work: there are more than 50 records in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database as of May 2011. 

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