Bachianas Brasileiras #4 (Orchestra)

Appleby Catalogue W number: 
W424
Year Composed: 

Category:

Originally written for piano, in the period 1930-1941.  Villa-Lobos orchestrated the work in 1942.

  • Prelúdio (Introdução) (1941, RJ)
  • Coral (Canto do Sertão) (1941, RJ)
  • Ária (Cantiga) (1935, RJ)
  • Dança (Miudinho) (1930, SP) 

Thesis: Elementos Necessários à Representação Descritiva de Partituras: um estudo com as Bachianas Brasileiras n.1, 2 e 4 

Instrumentation: 

Orchestral version:2 Flutes +1 picc, 2 oboes +1 English Horn, 2 Clarinets +1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons +1 Contra Bassoon - 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba - Timpani, 3 Percussion players (BD, tam-tam, xylo), Celesta, Strings

Scores: 

Clinton Nieweg regularly updates a master-list of information about the Bachianas Brasileiras. It's available at ochestralibrary.com (the latest version is from January 2013).   Orchestral parts are available from the Alfred Rental Library.

Performances: 

This work is one of the most popular works in the Villa-Lobos catalogue.  Performances in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database (nearly 200 as of November 2011) are more or less evenly divided between the piano and orchestral versions.

Category: 
Bachianas Brasileiras
Orchestral Works