Suite Populaire Bresilienne

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The work as we know it was completed in 1912, but portions were written in the previous decade.  This work is thus one of the earliest pieces by Villa-Lobos that's normally played today.  The first movement is dedicated to Maria Tereza Teran.



  1. Mazurka-Choro
  2. Schottisch-Choro
  3. Valsa-Choro
  4. Gavota-Choro
  5. Chorinho

Meirinhos, Eduardo, "Primary Sources and Editions of Suite Popular Brasileira, Choros No. 1, and Five Preludes, by Heitor Villa-Lobos: A Comparative Survey of Differences," Florida State University, 2003.

"Villa-Lobos told me that these five pieces were designated as a Suite against his will and that he was very much against it. 'It is not a Suite at all,' he said. Yet I found out from Mindinha that it was Maestro Villa-Lobos who gave them that name. These are the kind of contradictions which ultimately make history, and which are enough to bring grey hairs to music scholars as they get enmeshed in the complex goings-on, characteristic of the lives of composers."

- Turibio Santos, Heitor Villa-Lobos and the Guitar, p. 59-60.

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Guitar Works

Solo guitar


Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1955. Suite populaire brésilienne, pour guitare. Paris: Eschig.



I'm a big fan of Canadian guitarist Norbert Kraft.  You can't go wrong with his Naxos CD of Norbert Kraft: Complete Music for Guitar (Naxos)

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This is a very popular work, but as with the Preludes, Etudes, and Choros #01, it's hard to capture all of the concerts that include the odd movement or the whole Suite Populaire.  As of December 2010, there are 29 records in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database, but I'm sure it's played much more often than that.