A picture of Rio de Janeiro in 1957:


Night view of the lights of the city of Rio De Janeiro hugging the coast along Guanabara Bay, Rio De Janeiro. Photo by Dmitri Kessel for LIFE © 1957, Time Inc


  • VL conducts the world premiere of his 10th Symphony in Paris, on April 4.  "A packed house at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees cheered the work, the composer the the orchestra and chorus of the French National Radio." - NY Times, "Villa-Lobos Symphony Bows", April 5, 1957, p. 23.
  • Back at home, Villa-Lobos receives the honour of the proclamation of the Ano Villa-Lobos celebrating his 70th birthday.
  • September: the City of Sao Paulo declares Villa-Lobos Week.


The World

  • Death of Sibelius 
  • Planning and initial construction of Brasilia

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