Villa-Lobos and the 1999 Rio Carnaval


February 2000:

Harold Lewis contributes this report of an important recent cultural event in Brazil: the homage to Villa-Lobos by the samba school Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, at the 1999 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro:   

Program Notes: The Dance of the White Indian

This concert of music by three South American composers embodies separate, vital musical traditions that found fertile ground in Latin America between the wars: the native music of the Indians, the African music imported with black slaves from the 16th century, and the music of the Western European tradition. The vitality of this menage is best exemplified in Brazil and in the music of Heitor Villa Lobos. According to this master, the artist "must select and transmit the material given him by his people." While ethno-musicological forays into remote regions play an important part in the selection process, the three composers paid close attention to the music of the people.


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