Bachianas Brasileiras #4 (Piano)

Appleby Catalogue W number: 
W264

Originally written for piano, in the period 1930-1941.  Villa-Lobos orchestrated the work in 1942.

  • Prelúdio (Introdução) (1941, RJ)
  • Coral (Canto do Sertão) (1941, RJ)
  • Ária (Cantiga) (1935, RJ)
  • Dança (Miudinho) (1930, SP)  

Thesis: Rust, Roberta. 1991. Piano works from Hietor Villa-Lobos' middle period a study of Choros no. 5, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 4, and Ciclo Brasileiro. Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Miami, 1991. 

Thesis: Rey, Mario. 1991. The Contribution of Bachian and Brazilian folk elements to the structural unity in Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras no. 4 for piano". Thesis (M.M.)--University of South Florida, 1991.

Year Composed: 
Category: 
Bachianas Brasileiras
Piano Works
Instrumentation: 

Solo Piano

Scores: 

Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1941. Bachianas brasileiras no. 4 (para piano solo). Rio de Janeiro: Casa Arthur Napoleão.

A new score from Brazil:

Villa-Lobos, Heitor, Antônio Carlos Neves Campos, Marcos Roque, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. 2009. O piano e as bachianas. Rio de Janeiro: Irmãos Vitale. 

Performances: 

The piano version was first performed by José Vieira Brandão on November 27, 1939.

This work is one of the most popular works in the Villa-Lobos catalogue.  Performances in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database (nearly 150 as of February 2010) are more or less evenly divided between the piano and orchestral versions.