Bachianas Brasileiras #1

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Premiere: September 12, 1932, by the Philharmonia Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, conducted by Walter Burle Marx

1. Introduction - Embolada
2. Prelude - Modinha
3. Fugue - Conversa

Lisa Peppercorn lists the composition dates for BB#1 as 1930-32 and 1936-38. She says: "I believe that the first movement was written only between 1936 and 1938, because until 1936 only the last two movements were ever performed. The first performance of the complete work was given in 1938."

Thesis: Otero, Stephanie. 1999. Heitor Villa-Lobos' contribution to the national music of Brazil with analyses of Bachianas Braseilieras no. 1 and no. 9. Thesis (M.M.)--New Mexico State University, 1999.

Thesis: Elementos Necessários à Representação Descritiva de Partituras: um estudo com as Bachianas Brasileiras n.1, 2 e 4 

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Bachianas Brasileiras
Orchestral Works

For "an orchestra of cellos".


Clinton Nieweg regularly updates a master-list of information about the Bachianas Brasileiras. It's available at (the latest version is from January 2013).

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 Set of Parts. By Hector Villa-Lobos. (Parts). G. Schirmer String Ensemble. Softcover. 16 pages. Published by Associated. (50242110)
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