Preces sem palavras

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Preces sem palavras is #23 in the 1952 collection Musica Sacra, vol. 1

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Five-part male a cappella choir

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Buy from Cantus Quercus Press:
CQ2003 Préces Sem Palavras (Prayers Without Words), TTBarBarB, $1.65
For 5-part male choir (two tenors, two baritones, bass), a cappella. Composed in 1931, out-of-print for nearly 50 years, and now available in octavo for the first time. Approx. 3'0" duration. Vocalese text. "Villa-Lobos has added to the imagery of prayer with this piece. No gentle ascending incense smoke, but rather the whoosh of a fireworks rocket streaking toward the sky, marks the cadence of this wordless, but not inarticulate orison, which may owe more to indigenous native practice than to Christian liturgy."

Performances: 

As of January 2011, there are only two records of performances of this work, by the SWR  Vokalensemble Stuttgart, which eventually made it to disc.

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Choral Works