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.
For "an orchestra of cellos".
Clinton Nieweg regularly updates a master-list of information about the Bachianas Brasileiras. It's available at ochestralibrary.com (the latest version is from January 2013).
There are lots of performances of this work around the world.