As Três Marias

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As Três Marias = The Three Maries

Each of the three movements of As Tres Marias is named for a star in the constellation Orion:

  1. Alnitah
  2. Alnilam
  3. Mintika

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According to David Appleby, the piece was "written at the request of Edgar Varese." - Appleby (1988), p. 93. It was dedicated to Arminda Neves d'Almeida.

"These brief, birdlike, butterfly-like things are among the most delightful in the contemporary repertory of piano music"
- Paul Bowles, writing about Villa’s As Tres Marias, in his review of a Bernardo Segall recital in The New York Tribune, Nov. 17, 1945.

As Tres Marias

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Piano Works



Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1941. The three Maries: for piano. New York: C. Fischer.


Jose Vieira Brandão played the work for the first time on November 27, 1939.

There are 10 records in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database (February 2010).