A Villa-Lobos Bibliography: Monographs


November, 2004:

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Lisa M. Peppercorn is one of the great Villa-Lobos scholars.  Her recent book The Villa-Lobos Letters is indispensible.  Order it direct from Toccata Press, from the U.K. Amazon.com, or from your local bookseller..  It's available in hardcover (ISBN 0 907689 28 0; £19.50) or paperback (ISBN 0 907689 29 9). 
Villa-Lobos Letters cover
One of my favourite Villa-Lobos studies is Eero Tarasti's Heitor Villa-Lobos: The Life and Works, 1887-1959.  This book was published in its original Finnish in 1987, and published by MacFarland in an English translation by the author in 1995. 
There are a few dissertations written about the music of Villa-Lobos that deserve close attention.  These are some that stand out, taken from Indiana University School of Music's Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online

Enyart, John William. The Symphonies of Heitor Villa-Lobos. Ph.D., Theory, University of Cincinnati, 1984. Research director: Darrell Handel DDM Code: 71oqEnyJ.  With the upcoming flurry of symphonies on CD, this dissertation may become quite popular. 

Farmer, Virginia. An Analytical Study of the Seventeen String Quartets of Villa-Lobos. 
D.M.A., Performance, University of Illinois, 1973. 135 p. DDM Code: 71chFarV; DA no.: 34/01:352; RILM no.: 76:10923dd; UM no.: 73-17,533. 

Rust, Roberta. Piano Works from Heitor Villa-Lobos' Middle Period: A Study of Choros No. 5, Bachianas brasileiras No. 4, and Ciclo brasileiro. D.M.A., Piano, University of Miami, 1991. vi, 134 p. tbls., mus. exs., bibliog. 
DDM Code: 71keRusR.  Roberta Rust has since recorded this repertoire, and much else by Villa-Lobos. 

Wright, Simon J. Villa-Lobos and His Position in Brazilian Music After 1930. Ph.D., Musicology, University of Wales at Cardiff, 1986. DDM Code: 71boWriS.  Simon Wright went on, of course, to write one of the standard volumes, his 1992 Oxford University Press Villa-Lobos

And this dissertation may be of some interest as well: 

Saldarriaga-Ruiz, Juanita Susana. The Fifty Ponteios for Piano of Camargo Guarnieri. 
D.M.A., Performance, American Conservatory of Music, 1991. 166 p. mus. exs., append., bibliog. Research director: Enrique Alberto Arias DDM Code: 71keSalJ

Here are a number of other important or interesting books that I've been consulting lately: 
    Rubinstein, Arthur. My many years. New York, Knopf, 1980.
    An engaging memoir of the famous pianist, then 93 years old. Rubinstein was an important interpreter of Villa Lobos' piano music, and a champion of his music in Latin America and around the world. 

    Copland, Aaron. Copland on music. New York, Norton, 1963.
    A compilation of articles Copland wrote in the '40s and '50s, including the important article "The composers of South America: 1941." 

      "One afternoon in 1923 I was introduced to a short and dynamic individual at the Paris apartment of my composition teacher, Nadio Boulanger. Someone told me that this gentleman with the dark complexion and the fiery eyes was a composer from Brazil by the name of Heitor Villa-Lobos. This was the first inkling I had that there might be such a thing as Latin American music." - p. 203
And a new (1996) book of early Villa-Lobos piano music from Dover: "an original compilation of scores from various authoritative editions." ISBN 0-486-29384-X. List price is $10.95. Contained in this book: 
    Segunda Suite Infantil 
    Dancas Caracteristicas Africanas 
    Suite Floral 
    Prole de Bebe, vol. 1 
    Simples Coletanea 
    Historias da Carochinha 
    Carnaval das Criancas


The following bibliography was developed from a Browse search of books catalogued at the Library of Congress since 1975:

Subject Search For: Villa-Lobos, Heitor / Items 1 - 35 of 35

CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 D83 1989
AUTHOR: Duarte, Roberto.
TITLE: Revisao das obras orquestrais de Villa-Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1989 Niteroi : Universidade Federal Fluminense, Editora Universitaria, 1989-<1994 >

AUTHOR: Peppercorn, L. M. (Lisa Margaret)
TITLE: The world of Villa-Lobos in pictures and documents /
PUBLISHED: 1996 Brookfield, Vt. : Scolar Press, 1996.

CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 T313 1994
AUTHOR: Tarasti, Eero.
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1995 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1995.

CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 B44 1994
AUTHOR: Behague, Gerard.
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1994 Austin : Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1994.

CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 C33 1991
AUTHOR: Carpentier, Alejo, 1904-
TITLE: Villa Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1991 [Sao Paulo] : Imprensa Oficial do Estado, [1991?]

CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 P65 1989
TITLE: Premio grandes educadores brasileiros :
PUBLISHED: 1989 Brasilia : Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisas Educacionais, 1989.

CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 P46 1992
AUTHOR: Peppercorn, L. M. (Lisa Margaret)
TITLE: Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1992 Aldershot, Hants, England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate Pub.Co., c1992.

CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 P4513 1989
AUTHOR: Peppercorn, L. M. (Lisa Margaret)
TITLE: Villa-Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1989 London ; New York : Omnibus ; New York : Distributor, Music Sales Corp., 1989.

CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 W7 1992
AUTHOR: Wright, Simon.
TITLE: Villa-Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1992 Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.

ITEM 10. CALL NUMBER: ML134.V65 V5 1989 TITLE: Villa-Lobos : PUBLISHED: 1989 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil : MinC-SPHAN/Pro-Memoria, Museu Villa-Lobos, 1989.

ITEM 11.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 C5 1987
AUTHOR: Chechim Filho, Antonio, 1905-
TITLE: Excursao artistica Villa-Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1987 [Sao Paulo? : s.n., 1987]

ITEM 12.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 V4 1990
AUTHOR: Villa-Lobos, Ahygara Iacyra, 1936-
TITLE: Villa-Lobos em familia /
PUBLISHED: 1990 [S.l. : s.n., 1990?] ([Rio de Janeiro?] : Cia. Brasileira de Artes Graficas)

ITEM 13.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 G57 1990
AUTHOR: Giro, Radames.
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1990 Ciudad de La Habana : Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba, c1990.

ITEM 14.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 C35 1988
AUTHOR: Carvalho, Herminio Bello de.
TITLE: O canto do paje :
PUBLISHED: 1988 Rio de Janeiro : Espaco e Tempo, c1988.

ITEM 15.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 B4 1988
AUTHOR: Beaufils, Marcel.
TITLE: Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1988 Paris : EST/IHEAL, c1988.

ITEM 16.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 C37 1987
AUTHOR: Carvalho, Piedade.
TITLE: Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1987 Rio de Janeiro : Tempo Brasileiro, 1987.

ITEM 17.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 H69 1987
AUTHOR: Horta, Luis Paulo.
TITLE: Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1987 Rio de Janeiro : J. Zahar Editor, 1987.

ITEM 18.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 T6 1987
AUTHOR: Toni, Flavia Camargo.
TITLE: Mario de Andrade e Villa-Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1987 [Sao Paulo] : Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, 1987.

ITEM 19.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 S8 1988
AUTHOR: Storni, Eduardo.
TITLE: Villa-Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1988 Madrid : Espasa-Calpe, 1988, c1987.

ITEM 20.
CALL NUMBER: ML134.V65 B5 1987
TITLE: Bibliografia e musicografia, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1
PUBLISHED: 1987 [Sao Paulo] : Prefeitura do Municipio de Sao Paulo, Secretaria Municipal de Cultura, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, [19]87.

ITEM 21.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 M2 1987
AUTHOR: Machado, Maria Celia.
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1987 Rio de Janeiro-RJ : F. Alves : Editora UFRJ, 1987.

ITEM 22.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 S34 1987
AUTHOR: Schic, Anna Stella.
TITLE: Villa Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1987 Arles : Actes Sud ; Paris : Diffusion, PUF, c1987.

ITEM 23.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 P43 1987
TITLE: O Pensamento vivo de Heitor Villa-Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1987 Sao Paulo-SP : M. Claret Editores, c1987.

ITEM 24.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 H67 1986
AUTHOR: Horta, Luis Paulo.
TITLE: Heitor Villa Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1986 [Rio de Janeiro] : Edicoes Alumbramento ; [Sao Paulo, SP, Brasil] : Cia. Brasileira de Projetos e Obras, 1986.

ITEM 25.
CALL NUMBER: ML134.V65 A7 1988
AUTHOR: Appleby, David P.
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos :
PUBLISHED: 1988 New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.

ITEM 26.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 M3 1977
AUTHOR: Mariz, Vasco, 1921-
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos, compositor brasileiro /
PUBLISHED: 1977 Rio de Janeiro : MEC/DAC/Museu Villa-Lobos, 1977.

ITEM 27.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 P47 1984
AUTHOR: Pereira, Marco.
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos, sua obra para violao /
PUBLISHED: 1984 Brasilia : Editora Musimed, 1984.

ITEM 28.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 M3 1983
AUTHOR: Mariz, Vasco, 1921-
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos, compositor brasileiro /
PUBLISHED: 1983 Rio de Janeiro : Zahar Editores, 1983, c1982.

ITEM 29.
CALL NUMBER: ML232 .S7 1982
AUTHOR: Squeff, Enio, 1943-
TITLE: Musica /
PUBLISHED: 1982 Sao Paulo, Brasil : Brasiliense, 1982.

ITEM 30.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 K53 1981
AUTHOR: Kiefer, Bruno, 1923-
TITLE: Villa-Lobos e o modernismo na musica brasileira /
PUBLISHED: 1981 Porto Alegre : Editora Movimento, 1981.

ITEM 31.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.V76 P7 1977
TITLE: Presenca de Villa-Lobos.
PUBLISHED: 1977 [Rio de Janeiro] : Museu Villa-Lobos, 1977-

ITEM 32.
AUTHOR: Brazil. Ministerio da Educacao e Cultura. Divisao de Educacao Extra-Escolar.
TITLE: Homenagem a Villa-Lobos.
PUBLISHED: 1960 Rio de Janeiro, 1960.

ITEM 33.
AUTHOR: Franca, Eurico Nogueira.
TITLE: A evolucao de Villa-Lobos na musica de camera /
PUBLISHED: 1976 [Rio de Janeiro] : Museu Villa-Lobos, 1976.

ITEM 34.
AUTHOR: Santos, Turibio.
TITLE: Heitor Villa-Lobos e o violao /
PUBLISHED: 1975 Rio de Janeiro : Museu Villa-Lobos, 1975.

ITEM 35.
AUTHOR: Nobrega, Adhemar.
TITLE: Os choros de Villa-Lobos /
PUBLISHED: 1975 Rio de Janeiro : Museu Villa-Lobos, 1975.

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