Heitor Villa-Lobos was one of the most influential and original composers of the 20th century. His music reflects his deep connection with the rich and diverse musical traditions of his native Brazil, as well as his openness to the modernist currents of Europe and America. In this blog post, we will explore some aspects of his life and work, and how he contributed to the development of classical music in Latin America and beyond. Villa-Lobos was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1887, into a family of musicians. His father, Raul, was a librarian and an amateur cellist who taught him the basics of music. He also exposed him to various genres of music, such as opera, folk songs, and popular music. Villa-Lobos learned to play several instruments, including guitar, clarinet, piano, and cello. He also developed a passion for the music of Bach, which would influence his later compositions.
Heitor Villa-Lobos (March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, pianist, and guitarist described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music". Villa-Lobos has become the best-known South American composer of all time. A prolific composer, he wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works, totaling over 2000 works by his death in 1959. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified by his Bachianas Brasileiras (Brazilian Bachian-pieces). His Etudes for guitar (1929) were dedicated to Andrés Segovia, while his 5 Preludes (1940) were dedicated to his spouse Arminda Neves d’Almeida, a.k.a. "Mindinha." Both are important works in the guitar repertory. Heitor Villa-Lobos For more: http://www.melhoresmusicasclassicas.b... #MusicHistory #ClassicalMusic #Villa-Lobos
Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 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 (Béhague 1994, 106; Béhague 2001). Most of the movements in each suite have two titles: one "Bachian" (Preludio, Fuga, etc.), the other Brazilian (Embolada, O canto da nossa terra, etc.). Tracklist: Bachianas Brasileiras Nº 2 1. Canto do Capadócio 2. Canto da Nossa Terra 3. Lembrança do Sertão 4. O Trenzinho do Caipira For more: http://www.melhoresmusicasclassicas.blogspot.com #MusicHistory #ClassicalMusic #Villa-Lobos