Camerata Latino Americana Presentation - Villa Lobos, Danças Características Africanas (rehearsal)

The Camerata Latino Americana directed by Simone Menezes is a group of musicians specializing in the Brazilian and Latin American repertoires.  In this video they rehearse Villa-Lobos’s Danças características africanas for a project that promises to result in the world première recording of this work's chamber ensemble version.  Although originally written for solo piano and also existing in a version for orchestra, it was the chamber version of the Danças características africanas that was featured in the opening concert of the epochal 1922 Week of Modern Art in São Paulo.  The score they are using in this video was commissioned by the Museu Villa-Lobos in 2010 from a manuscript housed at the Biblioteca Alberto Nepomuceno from the Escola de Música da U.F.R.J., as the version for small ensemble had never been published before.

March 4, 2014