• "The Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, increasingly popular here, directed the Orchestre Nationale in a program of his own works, among them a first performance of his new piano concerto." - Paris Journal, 1944-1955, Janet (Genet) Flanner & William Shawn, p. 279.  This was the fifth concerto, written in 1954.
  • Villa-Lobos is an organizer and conductor at the Caracas Festival (along with Carlos Chávez).  Aaron Copland's report on the festival is included in Aaron Copland: a reader, p. 121-122.



The World

  • Death of the Canadian pianist Ellen Ballon, for whom VL wrote the first piano concerto
  • Death of Brazilian dictator Getulio Vargas
  • Death of Charles Ives


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