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Uirapuru is an orchestral piece with an elaborate program about the mythical Uirapuru bird in the Amazon jungle.  It's dedicated to ballet choreographer Serge Lifar.

You can hear the real bird-song (Cyphorhirius arada), in this YouTube video:

Appleby 1988 includes a version for mixed a cappella chorus from 1944 in his catalogue (W448).

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Orchestral Works

Orchestra (W133)
Mixed a cappella chorus (W448)


Villa-Lobos, Heitor. 1948. Uirapurú. New York: Associated Music Publishers.

The autograph score (61 pp.) is in the Museu Villa-Lobos.


The premiere was on 25/05/35, with the Orquestra & Corpo de Baile do Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires (a gala performance in honour of the visit of Brazilian President Vargas to Argentina).

There are 25 records in the Villa-Lobos Concerts database (March 2012).