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String Quartet #12

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The 12th String Quartet was written in 1950 at Memorial Hospital in New York, where Villa-Lobos was hospitalized at the time.  It was dedicated to Mindinha.

Movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante Melancolico
  3. Allegretto leggiero - legeiro
  4. Allegro - bem ritmado

From Ralph Gustafson's "Villa-Lobos and the Man-Eating Flower", p. 11:

String Quartet #11

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The 11th String Quartet was written in 1947, and dedicated to Mindinha.

Movements:

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Scherzo vivace
  3. Adagio
  4. Poco andantino - quasi allegro

String Quartet #10

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The 10th String Quartet was written in 1946, and dedicated to Mindinha.

Movements:

  1. Poco animato
  2. Adagio
  3. Scherzo - allegro vivace
  4. Molto allegro

String Quartet #09

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The 9th String Quartet was written in Rio in 1945, and dedicated to Mindinha.

Movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andantino vagaroso
  3. Allegro poco moderato - con bravura
  4. Molto allegro 

"This quartet without key signatures can loosely be designated 'atonal'." - David Nelson, from his liner notes to the Marco Polo disc including this work.

String Quartet #08

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The 8th String Quartet was written in Rio in 1944, and dedicated to the Quarteto Iacovino.

Movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Lento
  3. Scherzo - Vivace
  4. Quasi allegro

String Quartet #07

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The seventh String Quartet was written in Rio in 1942, and dedicated to the Quarteto Borgerth.

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Prof. Tarasti speaks very highly of this work: "In many respects it is an exceptional case in the whole series....  It could almost be considered a symphony arranged for quartet."  - Tarasti (1995), p. 309.

Movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Scherzo - Allegro vivace
  4. Allegro giusto

Harp concerto

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The concerto was written in 1953 on commission from harpist Nicanor Zabaleta.

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante moderato
  3. Scherzo (Allegretto quasi allegro)
  4. Allegro 

Villa-Lobos was able to get by as an instrumentalist on nearly every instrument:  "I played the harp from my experience with the guitar." - "Villa-Lobos and the Man-Eating Flower: A Memoir," Ralph Gustafson, The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 1 (Spring, 1991), pp. 2

Piano concerto #5

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Commissioned by Felicja Blumental.

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Poco adagio
  3. Allegretto scherzando
  4. Allegretto 

Called a work "of unabashed banality" by Simon Wright ("Villa-Lobos: Modernism in the Tropics," The Musical Times, Vol. 128, No. 1729 (Mar., 1987), p. 133.

Piano concerto #4

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Commissioned by Bernardo Segall.

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Andante con moto
  3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
  4. Allegro moderato

Piano concerto #3

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Dedicated to pianist Arnaldo Estrela.

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Andante con moto
  3. Scherzo (Vivace)
  4. Allegro vivace (decisivo) 

This work was written in 1948, according to Appleby (1988).  But according to Villa-Lobos: Sua Obra (1989), it was begun in 1952 and finished in 1957.

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