Seréstas = Serenades

Appleby Catalogue W number: 
W215, W216

Seréstas = Serenades

Villa-Lobos: Sua Obra (1989) gives the following composition dates:

  1. Pobre Cega (1926) - words by Álvaro Moreyra
  2. Anjo da Guarda (1926) - Manuel Bandeira - dedicated to Dante Milano
  3. Cancao da Folha Morta (1926) - Olegário Mariano - dedicated to Jaime Ovalle
  4. Saudades da Minha Vida (1926) - Dante Milano - dedicated to Manuel Bandeira
  5. Modinha (1925) - Manduca Piá (a pseudonym of Mario de Andrade)
  6. Na Paz do Outono (1926) - Ronald de Carvalho - dedicated to Guilherme de Almeida
  7. Cantiga do Viuvo (1925) - Carlos Drummond de Andrade - dedicated to Mauricio Gudin
  8. Cancao do Carreiro (1926)
  9. Abril (1926)
  10. Desejo (1926)
  11. Redondilha (1926) - Dante Milano - dedicated to Gurgel do Amaral
  12. Realejo (1926) - Álvaro Moreyra - dedicated to Elsie Houston
  13. Vôo (1943) - Abgar Renault
  14. Serenata (1943) - David Nasser

The first of these songs was written in 1923, with others written in the 1920s and 1940s.  They were originally written for voice and piano (W216), and later orchestrated by the composer (W215).

Thesis: Sánchez, Noé. 1999. The fourteen seréstas of Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). Thesis (M.M.)--University of North Texas, 1999.

Year Composed: 
Category: 
Vocal Works
Instrumentation: 

Voice & piano (W216)
Voice & orchestra (W215)

Scores: 

Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1990. Seréstas = Serenades : for voice and piano. Master vocal series. Boca Raton, Fla.: Masters Music Publications.

Performances: 

Premiere: 12/4/1929, Porto Alegre - Teatro São Pedro. "Canção do Carreiro". Andino Abreu, soprano; Elysena d'Ambrosio, piano