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Bachianas Brasileiras No 7

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Heitor Villa-Lobos

Heitor Villa-Lobos (trans. William Talley)

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General Info

Year: 1942 / 2019
Duration: c. 27:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts Unknown


1. Prelúdio (Ponteio)
2. Giga (Quadrilha caipira)
3. Tocata (Desafio [pt]) (Dare)
4. Fuga (Conversa)


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Program Notes

Aria Heitor Villa-Lobos absorbed the idioms of the everyday popular music around him in Brazil as an active participant; for a time he even earned his living by playing cello as a café musician. In 1905 -- a few years before Bartók began his famous ethnomusicological field research -- Villa-Lobos began collecting examples of folk music in the northeastern states of Brazil. The quest to develop musical compositions using indigenous Brazilian elements fueled Villa-Lobos across his astonishingly prolific career, making him into his country's leading composer in the past century. Although his reputation suffered among his colleagues on account of his connections to the authoritarian regime of the dictator Getúlio Vargas, by the 1940s -- when he completed the fifth in his series of Bachianas Brasileiras -- Villa-Lobos was riding a wave of international recognition.

Villa-Lobos also had fascinating connections to the European tradition as both exporter of Brazilian idioms and as an importer of such masters as J.S. Bach. The Bachianas Brasileiras epitomize the composer's preoccupation with his Baroque predecessor and composes a widely spanning series of nine suites that he wrote between 1930 and his time in New York in 1945. Each allude to the terminology of Bach's Baroque instrumental suites in the composite titles he gives most of the movements.

Some of the Bachianas are for chamber forces, while others require a large orchestra.

- Program Note from State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Ensemble concert program, 16 November 2016

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7, scored for symphony orchestra in 1942, is dedicated to Gustavo Capanema.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (William Talley, conductor) – 18 February 2019 *Transcription Premiere Performance*

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