Heitor Villa-Lobos was born on 5 March 1887 in the Laranjeiras neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro. A gifted child, he learned to play cello on a viola specially adapted by his father at age six. He also received and took to heart Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, a gift from his aunt that would have a life-long influence, especially on his Bachianas Brasileiras. As he matured, Villa-Lobos learned to incorporate ever more of Brazil's native and national music into his compositions while also growing more confident in his own abilities. He died 17 November 1959.
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Classical Archives: Heitor Villa-Lobos
Biography and complete files offered in MIDI format.
Biography and photograph. Focuses on his incorporation of the various strands of Brazilian ethnic music and the role played by Paris in shaping and allowing him to express it fully.
Wikipedia article with biography, major works, internal references to related people and topics, and external links.
Find A Grave entry with birth and death dates, brief biography, burial information, photographs, and interactive memorial.
Filmography at IMDb lists compositional and acting credits.
Chronological summary of life and works in English and Portuguese with photograph. From Musicalics.
Entry at the Lied and Art Songs Text Page with list of vocal works and links to public domain lyrics.
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Brief biographical sketch, caricature, comments on guitar music, and Naxos discography.
The Villa-Lobos Magazine
Ezine offering links and commentary to concerts, articles, biographies, commentaries, and related materials on the web and from other sources.
Dedicated to the life and works of composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, the museum offers exhibits, research opportunities, and educational and cultural activities.In English and Portuguese.
Villa-Lobos: Orpheonic Singing
Ricardo Goldemberg article for Classical Net explores the composer's contributions to this art form during the 1930s and 1940s. Includes bibliography.
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