Little Train of the Brazilian Countryman

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Heitor Villa-Lobos

Heitor Villa-Lobos (arr. Lucien Cailliet)

Subtitle: Toccata from Bachianas Brasileiras, no. 2

General Info

Year: 1930 / 1952
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Ricordi
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle


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Program Notes

The Little Train of the Caipira is the subtitle for the toccata movement that concludes an orchestral suite written by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos in 1930, titled Bachianas brasileiras No. 2. The toccata is approximately 4 to 5 minutes long.

The subtitle refers to the local trains, drawn by steam locomotives, in the small communities of the Brazilian interior, the noises of which are imitated in the composition. It does not follow a program, but rather suggests the train and its movement through the countryside by all the textural elements of the music -- least of all through its classically balanced melodic construction.

A Caipira is an ethnic group native to Paulistânia, cultural area in Brazil, The term "caipira" is often used in Brazil a pejorative, ethnocentric and stereotyped way for inland populations,

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • The Little Train of the Caipira. Wikipedia. Accessed 13 November 2022
  • Villa-Lobos, H.; Cailliet, L. (1952). The Little Train of the Brazilian Countryman. Toccata ... Arranged for band by Lucien Cailliet [Score]. Ricordi: New York, N.Y.