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Three Brazilian Folksongs

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Heitor Villa-Lobos

Heitor Villa-Lobos (arr. Fenske)

General Info

Year: 1913 / 2014
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Daehn Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - $76.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


1. The Crab - 1:29
2. The Little Dove Flew Away - 1:50
3. Spider Monkeys - 1:12


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Guiro
  • High Drum
  • Maracas
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibra-slap
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

From the bouncy little march of The Crab, to the beautiful melody of The Little Dove Flew Away, to the raucous dancing and clapping of Spider Monkeys, this piece is pure fun! A delightful illustration of the genius of Villa-Lobos in his lifelong mission of giving voice to the music of his homeland.

-Program Note from publisher

Between 1905 and 1912, Villa-Lobos made many trips to the northeast of Brazil where the culture was, and still is, a rich blend of influences from Native South Americans, Africans, and Portuguese. It was from these trips that he gathered music for his Guia Prático, six volumes of traditional folk songs used for music education in Brazilian schools. The Crab, The Little Dove Flew Away, and Spider Monkeys (originally entitled The Hunchback) are three of the songs included by Villa-Lobos in this wonderful collection celebrating the very heart of Brazilian folk music.

- Program Note by the Midlothian High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 17 December 2014

This suite uses three contrasting folk songs taken from Guia Prático, a six-volume work of traditional folk songs collected by the significant Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), and used for music education in Brazilian schools. The light and bouncy The Crab is marked “Allegro molto,” while the slower The Little Dove Flew Away is marked “Andante, sempre legato.” The raucous Spider Monkeys, marked “Allegro con vivo,” concludes the suite and highlights an inventive call-and-response episode between the percussion section and hand clappers.

-Program Note from The Instrumentalist, November 2014, p. 40


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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