Villa-Lobos as a young childLife

Heitor Villa-Lobos is born on March 5, 1887 in Rio de Janeiro.  

The World

February 2: the first Groundhog Day is celebrated.

Glennfidditch Single Malt Whisky is first made.

The Gramophone is first patented by Emil Berliner.

1887 was a very good year for:

Composers: Leevi Madetoja, Sigmund Romberg, Kurt Atterberg, Heino Eller,  Ernst Toch, Yuri Shaporin.

Other musicians: Arthur Rubinstein, Nadia Boulanger, Paul Wittgenstein.

Other inventors of the future: August Macke, Chico Marx, Juan Gris, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, physicist Erwin Schrödinger, Le Corbusier, Georgia O'Keefe, Blaise Cendrars.

Deaths: Doc Holliday, Alexander Borodin, Manuel Guttierez.

"On March 5, 1887, the day Heitor Villa-Lobos was born in Rio de Janeiro, the exclusive patrons of the Beethoven Club and the Classical Concerts Society were paying homage to the 'Fantasia for Piano' from Bellini's opera Sonnambula, applauding frenetically Milan's La Scala Opera Company, and listening to some of the Beethoven sonatas with obvious boredom."

- Vasco Mariz, 1963, p. x-xi.

Here is a map of Brazil from the year before Villa's birth (courtesy of the Library of Congress):


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