Heitor Villa-Lobos and the Parisian art scene: how to become a Brazilian


Mana v. 1, Rio de JaneiroFrom Mana vol.1 no.se Rio de Janeiro Oct. 2006, this article by Paulo Renato Guérios is available in full-text as a PDF file.


This article discusses how the flux of cultural productions between centre and periphery works, taking as an example the field of music production in France and Brazil in the 1920s. The life trajectories of Jean Cocteau, French poet and painter, and Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian composer, are taken as the main reference points for the discussion. The article concludes that social actors from the periphery tend themselves to accept the opinions and judgements of the social actors from the centre, taking for granted their definitions concerning the criteria that validate their productions.

Key words: Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian Music, National Culture, Cultural Flows