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The music of the prolific Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) typifies Brazil, in its diversity, spirit of racial amalgam, and beauty. Through the sheer quantity of his output, his original use of folkloric material, and the accessibility of his scores, Villa-Lobos has become one of the best-known and most significant Latin American composers. This book provides an introduction to his music, and by focusing attention on important or unusual works from his large oeuvre, charts Villa-Lobos' own often anguished musical journey through the Brazilian landscape. Jungle, grasslands, river, city, and ocean all find a legitimate place in his aural mosaic of Brazil, but as he approached death his music assumed a deep spiritual quality of peace and resignation. His personal journey of discovery and fulfilment is clearly explained, set against the pervasive backdrop of social and political upheaval which characterized Brazil during Villa-Lobos' lifetime.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 159 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 337g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 51 music examples, bibliography, index
  • 0193154765
  • 9780193154766

Table of contents

Background (1887-1911); themes and landscapes (1912-1922); a Brazilian in Paris - the synthesis (1923-1929); Bach and Brazil (1930-1945); Vegas and Brazil (1930-1945); last years (1946-1959).
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