Timeline

A timeline of Villa-Lobos's life.

1953

1953

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  • Birth of guitarist David Leisner
  • Death of Sergei Prokofiev, Arnold Bax

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1954

1954

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  • "The Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, increasingly popular here, directed the Orchestre Nationale in a program of his own works, among them a first performance of his new piano concerto." - Paris Journal, 1944-1955, Janet (Genet) Flanner & William Shawn, p. 279.  This was the fifth concerto, written in 1954.
  • Villa-Lobos is an organizer and conductor at the Caracas Festival (along with Carlos Chávez).  Aaron Copland's report on the festival is included in Aaron Copland: a reader, p. 121-122.

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1955

1955

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1956

1956

Life

  • Villa-Lobos in Paris [a portrait by the Paris photography studio Harcourt, from Europeana, the digital library of the European community. © Ministère de la Culture - Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN - Studio Harcourt]

 

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1957

1957

A picture of Rio de Janeiro in 1957:

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Night view of the lights of the city of Rio De Janeiro hugging the coast along Guanabara Bay, Rio De Janeiro. Photo by Dmitri Kessel for LIFE © 1957, Time Inc

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1958

1958

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- Timeline Sources

I would like to acknowledge these important sources for information on the life and works of Villa-Lobos.  They have been invaluable in putting together this timeline.

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1934

1934

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"In 1934 Villa-Lobos returns to Paris to conduct the first performance of his ballet Jurupary (Choro No. 10) at the Salle Pleyel on March 17, 1934, with dancer Serge Lifar in the title role." - Mariz, p. 23

"In the same year he went to Buenos Aires for a series of three concerts. There he also conducted Bach's Mass in B Minor." - Mariz, p. 23

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March 5th

Villa-Lobos was born on March 5, 1887.  He shares his birthday with:

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1923

1923

"That this proved a vintage year for him was attributable more to a sense of liberation than to the cultural shot-in-the-arm provided by the French capital." - Wilfred Mellers, Singing in the Wilderness, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001, p. 85.

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