Choros #03

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The third work in the Choros series is subtitled "Pica-Pau" [woodpecker].

"Dedicated to the sonorous atmosphere of the primitive music of the aborigines of the states of Matto Grosso and Goias." - HVL

Villa-Lobos also dedicated the work to Oswald de Andrade (1890-1954) - one of Brazil's greatest writers - and his wife, painter Tarsila do Amaral (1897-1973.)

One of the themes is borrowed from an Indian song melody, a drinking song of the Parecis Indians. As Villa-Lobos scholar Gerard Behague points out, this is a rare case of Villa-Lobos using an actual Indian song in one of his pieces.

This rarely-performed work is available on this excellent YouTube video:

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Chamber Music
Choral Works
  • Male chorus (2 tenor, baritone, bass)
  • clarinet
  • alto saxophone
  • trombone
  • bassoon
  • 3 French horns



Choros No. 3 Tenor Chorus Parts. By Hector Villa-Lobos. (CHORUS 10PAK). Editions Durand. Book only. 7 pages. Published by Max Eschig. (50562088)
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Premiere: 30/11/25 in Sao Paulo.

In Nov. 2009, there are seven performances of Choros #03 in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database.