Suite sugestiva

Appleby Catalogue W number: 
W242, W243

Suite sugestiva (Cinema)

  • Ouverture de l'homme tel
  • Prelude, choral et funebre (cine journal)
  • Cloche pied au flic (comedie)
  • Le recit du peureux (drame)
  • Charlot aviateur (comique)
  • l'Enfant et le iouroupari (tragedie)
  • La marche finale

Based on texts by Manuel Bandeira, Rene Chalupt, and Oswaldo de Andrade

"This work is the Premiere Suite Suggestive (Cinemas), for soprano, baritone and chamber ensemble (which includes three metronomes). The work alludes to the cinema of the time, both in the 'silliness' of its music and in its thematic content. It consists of seven movements which depict 'cinema scenes.' Each movement has two titles, one descriptive of the "plot," and the other describing its position in the cinema programme: Prelude, Choral et Funebre (Cine Journal), and Chariot Aviateur (Comique), for example. The programme note for the first public performance of this work tells us that the Suite creates 'an atmosphere of modern life . . . and the sonorous sensation of Cinematography,' and goes on to say that Villa-Lobos adored the cinema above all other forms of entertainment: 'He feels keenly the pleasure of its violent contrasts, and its constant virtuosity is well known to him.'"

"Villa-Lobos and the Cinema: A Note", Simon J. Wright, Luso-Brazilian Review, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Winter, 1982), pp. 243-244

Year Composed: 
Orchestral Works
Vocal Works

Chamber orchestra, soprano and baritone (W242)
Voice & piano (W243)
The Ouverture de l'homme tel was arranged for orchestra (W508): soprano e barítono pic, fl, ob, cl(A), fg, trp(Bb), trp(A), trb, tímp, tam-tam, bombo, triângulo, prato, caixa clara, 3 metrônomos (com "sonette"), xil, cel, pf, vl, vla, vlc e cb de 5 cordas


Villa-Lobos, Heitor, Oswald de Andrade, René Chalupt, and Manuel Bandeira. 1929. Suite sugestiva (cinemas): pour chant à deux voix et un petit ensemble instrumental.


Premiere: 18/11/29, Rio de Janeiro - Sala Cecília Meireles. Lucia Dittert, soprano; Marcelo Coutinho, barítono; Orquestra Pró Música do Rio de Janeiro; Armando Prazeres, regente

This work was included in the Villa-Lobos Festival in Paris in 1930.