Duo for violin & viola


Written in Rio in 1946, this work is dedicated to Paulina d'Ambrozio.  But Villa-Lobos: Sua Obra (1989) gives the composition date as 1947.

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro agitato

Duo for Oboe and Bassoon


Written in Paris in 1957, the work is dedicated to Mindinha.

  1. Allegro
  2. Lento
  3. Allegro vivace 

You can download the MP3 files from a 1972 LP from the Soni Ventorum Website.

Choros #10


This work looms large in the body of music written by Villa-Lobos.  In some ways you can regard it as Brazil's answer to Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

" has been considered by all sources as one of his most successful compositions - as a significant work both in the esthetic and formal sense." - Eero Tarasti (1995), p. 123.

Choros #10 is one of the works that has a connection to bird song.  One of the major players is the Azulao da Mata, which has an amazing song, which you can hear in this video:

Bachianas Brasileiras #9


There are two versions of this work, written in 1945: one for strings, and another for mixed chorus.

Thesis: Gerling, Fredi Vieira, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. 2000. Performance anaylsis and analysis for performance: a study of Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras no. 9. Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Iowa, 2000.

Thesis: Otero, Stephanie. 1999. Heitor Villa-Lobos' contribution to the national music of Brazil with analyses of Bachianas Braseilieras no. 1 and no. 9. Thesis (M.M.)--New Mexico State University, 1999. 

Bachianas Brasileiras #8


BB#8 was written in Rio de Janeiro in 1944.

Thesis: Heller, Alfred. 1974. A conductor's guide to Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras, numbers two, three, and eight. Document (DM)--Indiana University. 

Bachianas Brasileiras #7


BB#7 was written in Rio de Janeiro in 1942.

Thesis: Jardim, Gil, and Olivier Toni. 2002. Bachianas brasileiras nð 7: o estilo antropofágico de Heitor Villa-Lobos.


The fourth movement of BB#7, played by the Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Caracas, conducted by Isaac Karabtchesvky. This is from a concert in the Festival Villa-Lobos, Sala Simon Bolivar, CASPM, 09/12/2009.

Bachianas Brasileiras #6


 Bachianas Brasileiras #6 for flute & bassoon


You can listen to the work in MP3 format in this podcast:

  • Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 performed at the 2007 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival

This post at The Villa-Lobos Magazine includes a link to streaming audio of BB#6 in concert from the Spoleto Festival.

Bachianas Brasileiras #5


This is by far Villa's most popular work.  The words to the second movement "Danca (Martelo)" are by Ruth Valadares Correa and Manuel Bandeira.  Villa-Lobos dedicated the work to Mindinha, which you'll see in this picture of the original score of the version for voice and guitar.  The date "Rio, 1938" refers to the original version of the first movement. The second movement was added in 1945.

Appleby gives the version for voice & guitar the number W391, and the version for voice and piano, W390.

Bachianas Brasileiras #4 (Piano)


Originally written for piano, in the period 1930-1941.  Villa-Lobos orchestrated the work in 1942.

Bachianas Brasileiras #3


The third Bachianas Brasileiras is one of Villa-Lobos's best works for piano and orchestra.

Thesis: Heller, Alfred. 1974. A conductor's guide to Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras, numbers two, three, and eight. Document (DM)--Indiana University. 

See this post at The Villa-Lobos Magazine to watch Cristina Ortiz play BB#3, with Fábio Mechetti conducting the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in a concert from August of 2009.


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