Scholarship on Villa-Lobos by Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press has two books out that should appeal both to Villa-Lobos’s scholars and the general public interested in the composer.

The first is Simon Wright’s Villa-Lobos, a concise life and works study first published in 1992 but long since out of print.  It is available once again, and visitors to the Heitor Villa-Lobos Website are welcome to take advantage of the 30% online discount code, available until June 30, 2014.  Wright’s book draws on his extensive work on Villa-Lobos, reflected in a variety of articles as well as an entire academic career devoted to the composer, including his Ph.D. dissertation in musicology titled "Villa-Lobos and His Position in Brazilian Music After 1930" (University of Wales, Cardiff, 1986).

The second is Carol A. Hess’s Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream, which appeared in 2013 and whose central chapters discuss the U.S. reception of Carlos Chávez, Alberto Ginastera, and Heitor Villa-Lobos.  The Brazilian composer is the main subject of chapter four, “Caliban and Unsublimated Primitivism: Villa-Lobos at the 1929 World’s Fair.”  Besides making several appearances throughout the book, Villa-Lobos figures prominently in chapter five, “The Golden Age: The Pan Americanist Culture, War, and the Triumph of Universalism.”

In addition to being written by two professional musicologists and published by OUP, both books are based on solid scholarship and are a pleasure to read.

Simon Wright, "Villa-Lobos" (30% Online Dicount) Carol A. Hess, "Representing the Good Neighbor" (Cover Page)


May 9, 2014