Choros #05

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Choros #05 for piano, subtitled "Alma Brasileira", the "Soul of Brazil".  Dedicated to Villa-Lobos' benefactor Arnaldo Guinle.

"The conflict between image and realization unfortunately so common in Villa-Lobos cannot be found here, and that is why it is one of the most important achievements in Latin American piano music despite its small scale." - Eero Tarasti (1995), Heitor Villa-Lobos: The Life and Works, 1887-1959, p. 108.

Choros no. 5 poster - Tarcisio Gomes Filho and Mauricy Martin

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.

Listen to Eduardo Hubert play Choros #05 at the Progetto Martha Argerich site.

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Piano Works



The Piano Music Of Heitor Villa-Lobos - sheet music at The Piano Music Of Heitor Villa-Lobos By Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). Collection for solo piano. Music For Millions: Volume 62. 166 pages. Published by Amsco. (MS.AM41732)
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Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1988. Choros no. 5: "Alma brasileira" : for solo piano. Master piano series. Miami Lakes, Fla: Masters Music Publications. 


I've only seen one recording of the orchestral version of Choros #05:


This is one of the most-performed pieces by Villa-Lobos - more than 60 records in the database of VL Concerts as of January 2011.