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Heitor Villa-Lobos

Heitor Villa-Lobos (arr. Paul Hanna)

Subtitle: Symphonic Poem

General Info

Year: 1948 / 2010
Duration: c. 20:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: TBQ Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact arranger


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III (all div. a2)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (all div. a2)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Reco-reco
  • Surdo
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone

Violin (1 player)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This is the story of Uirapurú, a legendary enchanted Bird. Fetish worshipers considered it the "King of Love". Its nightly song lured the Indians into the woods in search of the enchanting singer.

In such a search a jovial group of young natives comes upon an ancient and ugly Indian seated in the forest playing upon his nose-flute. Resenting the invasion of their forest by this unsightly old man, the natives beat him mercilessly and drive him out. Continued search for the elusive Uirapurú by the natives is witnessed by all the members of the nocturnal animal and insect kingdoms -- glow worms, crickets, owls, enchanted toads and bats, and crawling things.

A beautiful maiden appears, also lured by the sweet song of Uirapurú. Armed with bow and arrow she catches up with the enchanted bird piercing its heart, whereupon the singing bird is immediately transformed into a handsome youth.

The happy huntress who has thoroughly captivated the handsome youth, followed by the amazed natives, is about to leave the forest when they are halted by the shrill unpleasant notes of a distant nose-flute. Suspecting the arrival of the ugly Indian seeking revenge for the merciless beating they had administered, the natives hide in the dense woods. The unsuspecting youth boldly confronts the ugly Indian who slays him with a perfectly placed arrow. As the Indian maidens tenderly carry the body to a nearby fountain, it is suddenly transformed into a beautiful bird that flies, its sweet song diminishing, into the silence of the forest.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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