Periodical Literature on Villa-Lobos

A Villa-Lobos Bibliography: Periodical Articles

November, 2004:

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This bibliography of mainly English articles is organized with the most recent articles first. It shows the ebb and flow in the reputation of Villa-Lobos. The centennial of Villa-Lobos' birth in 1987 brought a welcome resurgence in the Villa-Lobos literature that seems not to be slowing down.

As so often happens, there was little interest in the period following the composer's death in 1959. From the obituaries and tributes of 1959 and 1960 through the 70's the literature is pretty thin. It is depressing to go through the volumes of Music Index in the 70's and see more articles on The Village People (as fine a disco group as they were) than on Villa-Lobos. Luckily, the Villa-Lobos Centennial of 1987 brought new interest.

References are being added; please let me know if you have any to contribute.  A new source is UCLA's HAPI online, the searchable Web version of the Hispanic American Periodicals Index.

Thomas G. Garcia. "The Choro, the Guitar and Villa-Lobos," The Luso-Brazilian Review, Volume 34, No. 1, Summer 1997.

Holston, M. "Classic chords resound," Américas, volume 48, no. 3, May-June, 1996, pp. 60-61.

"Latin lessons." Classic CD, n63:32, July 1995.

"The premiere performance of Villa-Lobos's preludes." M. Ophee, Classical Guitar, 13:49-1 June 1995.

"The guitar in Iberoamerica." R. Stover, Classical Guitar, 13:47-50, September 1994.

"Interpreting the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos." Roberta Rust, Clavier, 33:20-23, 1994.  Ms. Rust, is, of course, a fine pianist with a substantial Villa-Lobos discography on the Centaur label.

"Record review: Villa-Lobos: String Quartets 1-17." G. Rickards, Tempo, n186:40-42+ September 1993

"Recalling a Brazilian master: Villa-Lobos." H.Glass, Los Angeles Times, January 10, 1993, p. 53.

"Conflation of cultures: a Columbian encounter." D. Wright, Chamber Music, 8:16-19 1991.

"The guitar in Latin America: a personal view." C. Barbosa-Lima. Soundboard, 19:10-15, 1992.

"Going on record: Heitor Villa-Lobos." W. Livingstone, Stereo, 57:78. April 1992.

"Villa-Lobos and the man-eating flower: a memoir." R. Gustafson. Musical Quarterly, 75:1-11, Spring 1991.

    This is a lovely article by someone who knew Villa-Lobos well; it's sprinkled with many witty and probably deliberately-provocative quips by Villa-Lobos. As Gustafson says, "He was full of experienced wisdom." Some examples:

    "Night is good for music. Music is abstract."

    "Italian is the best language for song; German is bad - it is lodged at the back of the throat, for instance 'heilige Nacht'! English is good, as there is a strong accent in the words... The worst language ... is Portuguese!"

    "My music is natural, like a waterfall."

"The one-world style of Villa-Lobos." Alfred Heller. Guitar Review, n78:1819, Summer 1989.

"Bachianas Brasileiras in performance." M Round. Tempo, n169:34-5+ June 1989.

"The Villa-Lobos family." L.M. Peppercorn. Music Review, 48/49:134-7, May, 1988. Lisa Peppercorn's articles from 1940-1991 are collected in one volume, as Villa-Lobos: collected studies, Scolar Press, 1992.

"The piano music of Villa-Lobos." M. Round. Music Teacher, 68:49+ September 1989.

"'Art is universal' - on nationalism and universality in the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos." T. de Oliveira Pinto. World Music, 29:104-16, 1987.

"The guitar in Latin America." B. Hadel, Guitar, 68:32-3, Winter 1987. Discusses the dedication of a new Villa-Lobos museum.

"Heitor Villa-Lobos: a music educator." R. Eakins, International Journal of Music Education, 10:32-5, 1987.

"A musician of the street: a view of Heitor Villa-Lobos." E. Kotzia. Classical Guitar, 6:35-6, February 1988.

"The stamp of genius." Classical Guitar, 6:7, January 1988.

"Villa-Lobos in his centennial: a preliminary research report." C. Jacobs, Latin American Music Review, 8:254-61, 1987.

"Villa-Lobos: modernism in the tropics." S. Wright, Music Teacher, 128:1323+, March 1987.

"Villa-Lobos and the guitar." B. Hodel, Guitar Review, 72:20-27, Winter 1988.

"The legend of Villa-Lobos." D & M Appleby, Clavier, 26:19-26, 1987.

"Heitor Villa-Lobos's Los Angeles Connection: a Centennial Tribute," Inter-american Music Review, 9:1, Fall-Winter, 1987, pp. 1-8.

"Brazilian report of Villa-Lobos's first Los Angeles visit," Inter-American Music Review, 9:1, Fall-Winter, 1987, pp. 9-10.

"Arminda Villa-Lobos: an interview." H. Emert, HiFi Music Am., 35: MA26-8, April 1985.

"The piano works of Heitor Villa-Lobos." R. Bush, Clavier, 24:18-23, 1985.

Peppercorn, Lisa M., "Heitor Villa-Lobos in Paris," Latin American Review, vol. 6:2, Fall-Winter 1985, pp. 235-248.

"Yerma [review]." Opera, 35:188-89, Fall 1984.

Wright, Simon, "Villa-Lobos and the cinema: a note," Luso-Brazilian Review, vol. 19:2, Winter, 1982, pp. 243-250.

"Correspondence between Heitor Villa-Lobos and his wife Lucilia." L.M. Peppercorn. Music and Letters, 61:284-92, July/October 1980.

"Villa-Lobos, Heitor." Luiz Heitor Correa de Azevedo. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1980, v. 19:763-767.

"Villa-Lobos: the formation of his style." Soundings, ix (1979-80), 55.

"The cultivated jungle." E. Doherty, Fugue, 4:16-21, November 1979.

"The piano music of Brazil." D. Appleby, Piano Quarterly, 27:48+ 1979.

"Misleading discourse and the message of silence: an Adornian introduction to Villa Lobos' music." FB Dasilva, International Review of Aesthetics and Society, 10:167-80, 1979.

"Brasileiro." L. Rasponi, Opera News, 42:28-9, December 10, 1977. An interview with Villa Lobos' widow.

"A visit to the Villa-Lobos Museum." D. Appleby, American Music Teacher, 25:24, 1976.

"Villa-Lobos as pedagague: music in the service of the state." D. Vassberg. Journal of Research in Music Education, 23/3:163-70, Fall 1975.

"Villa-Lobos' Brazilian excursions," Musical Times, cxiii (1972), 263.

"The history of Villa-Lobos' birth date." L.M. Peppercorn, MMR, 1970.

"A decennial tribute to Villa-Lobos." V. Lawler, Music Educator's Journal, 56/3:77, November 1969.

"Villa-Lobos as a nationalist composer." Olin Downes on Music, O. I. Downes, NY, 1967, 276.

"Heitor Villa-Lobos: man, work and style." J. Orrego-Salas. Inter-American Music Bulletin , (1966), no. 52, p.1.

"Villa-Lobos in retrospect." H. Arellano Agurto. Americas, 12:36-7, June 1960.

"Obituary: Heitor Villa-Lobos." T. Rohner. Instrumentalist, 14/5:55, January 1960.

"Heitor Villa-Lobos." M. Romero. Inter-American Music Bulletin, (1960), no. 15, p.4.

"Musical ambassador." Musical America, 79:4 December 1, 1959.

"[Obituary]." Musical America, 79:45 December 1, 1959.

"Some aspects of Villa-Lobos' principles of composition." Music Review, vi(1943), 28.

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