Heitor Villa Lobos' "Fantasia Concertante" for an orchestra of cellos
by Ferrari, Angela Maria, D.M.A., University of Miami, 1996, 102 pages; AAT 9716756
The primary purpose of this essay was to develop an "artistic performance edition" of the Fantasia Concertante written for an orchestra of sixteen or thirty-two cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos. This essay provides the historical background, formal and harmonic analyses, comparisons between the Fantasia Concertante and the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and a discussion of the suggested fingerings and bowings. The score of the Fantasia Concertante, including suggested bowings, fingerings, and the outline of harmonic and formal analyses is appended to the essay.
Since the Fantasia Concertante is virtually unknown, this essay sought to make this composition more accessible to performers and the public in general.
The author strongly asserts that this composition is unique, yet representative of Villa Lobos' music and consequently deserves a more important place in the cello literature.