Bachianas Brasileiras No 4

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Heitor Villa-Lobos

Heitor Villa-Lobos (trans. Merlin Patterson)

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General Info

Year: 1965 /
Duration: c.18:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Merlin Patterson
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $350.00


1. Prelúdio (Introdução) - Lento – 3:05
2. Coral (Canto do Sertão) - Largo – 4:55
3. Ária (Cantiga) - Moderato – 6:50
4. Dança (Miudinho) - Muito animado – 4:00


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Program Notes

The Bachianas Brasileiras are a series of nine suites by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, written for various combinations of instruments and voices between 1930 and 1945. They represent not so much a fusion of Brazilian folk and popular music on the one hand, and the style of Johann Sebastian Bach on the other, as an attempt freely to adapt a number of Baroque harmonic and contrapuntal procedures to Brazilian music.

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 was scored for piano (1930–41); orchestrated in 1942 (Preludio dedicated to Tomas Terán; Coral dedicated to José Vieira Brandão; Ária dedicated to Sylvio Salema; Dança dedicated to Antonieta Rudge Müller)

- Program Note from Wikipedia

The 4th Bachianas Brasileiras went through a number of transformations by Villa-Lobos himself. It was originally written for piano in three chunks: the Dança (Miudinho), which became the finale, in 1930; the Ária (Cantiga), the 3rd movement, in 1935; and the Prelúdio (Introdução) and Coral (Canto do Sertão), the 1st two movements, in 1941. Finally, he re-worked the first movement to become the opening Seed of God segment of his Broadway musical Magdalena.

- Program Note from The Villa-Lobos Magazine

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete


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