Important people in the life of Villa-Lobos

Pixinguinha (1898-1973)

Pixinguinha (Alfredo da Rocha Vianna Filho) is one of the great names in Brazilian music, worthy to stand next to Villa-Lobos and Tom Jobim. Here is some archival video footage of the great musician:

Parisot, Aldo (1920- )

Brazilian cellist. Villa-Lobos wrote his Cello Concerto no. 2 for Parisot in 1954.  See this post at The Villa-Lobos Magazine.

Nazareth, Ernesto Julio de Nazaré (1863-1934)

Brazilian composer and pianist.  Villa-Lobos had a deep respect for Nazareth; he called him "Alma Brasileira," the "Soul of Brazil."

Nazareth is #28 in the list of patronos of the Academia Brasileiras de Música. 

Limon, José Arcadio (1908-1972)

Limon & the Villa-LobosesJosé Limón is a Mexican dancer and choreographer, who presented the ballet The Emperor Jones , to the music of Villa-Lobos, in 1956.  He also acted as choreographer for the famous staging of Yerma at Santa Fé in 1971. 


See this post at Tumbling Villa-Lobos.


[picture: Limon with Arminda and Heitor]

Hufsmith, George (1924-2002)

American composer who was Villa-Lobos' only composition pupil.  Check out the Hufsmith page on this site for more information, and this story at The Villa-Lobos Magazine for news of his death.

Gomes, Antônio Carlos (1836-1896)

GomesBrazilian composer. Gomes was the first great home-grown composer of Brazil; he made a world-wide splash with his 1870 opera Il Guarany.  At the end of Villa-Lobos' life he was honoured to receive the Carlos Gomes Medal (on July 13, 1959, a few months before his death.)

Antônio Carlos Gomes is #15 in the list of patronos of the Academia Brasileiras de Música.

Guinle brothers - Arnaldo (1884-1964) and Carlos (1883-1969)

foto_08Brazilian philanthropists.  Their generous grants of money to Villa-Lobos allowed him to spend more than three years in Paris, from 1927-1930.  This was money well spent; it allowed Villa-Lobos to learn from the great masters who lived in Paris at the time, and to create his Brazilian persona.  The Guinle legacy is one of the great stories in the history of philanthropy. [Arnaldo is pictured to the right, in a photo from the Museu Villa-Lobos]

From Tumbling Villa-Lobos:

García Lorca, Federico (1898-1936)

Spanish poet and dramatist.  The play Yerma became an opera with music by Villa-Lobos, written by Garcia Lorca in the early '50's, but not produced until 1971, when it was staged at Santa Fé.

França, Agnelo (1875-1964)

Agnelo França was a Brazilian composer and music teacher. The young Villa-Lobos took sporadic composition and harmony lessons with him.

Eschig, Max (1872-1927)

French music publisher.  Eschig was an early supporter of Villa-Lobos, and his firm (Editions Max Eschig) published the bulk of Villa-Lobos' works. Here is a link to the Eschig Villa-Lobos catalogue.


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