When it appeared, the collection was immediately hailed as one of the masterpieces of its author and of guitar repertoire of the 20th century. This critical edition by Frederic Zigante has grown out of a painstaking study of all of the manuscript sources, enabling a new and precise reconstruction of the events surrounding the genesis of this collection. Finally, the volume presents certain variants that can be found in the Appendix including the edition of Etude no. We will not take payment from you until you have confirmed the order. We are here 7 days a week to answer any questions.

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They spoke about it Album information Heitor Villa-Lobos can be considered the personification of creative genious. He was at once an extremely prolific composer of profound originality, a passionate innovator, an incomparable musical performer and a visionary of inextinguishable thirst, capable of expressing himself with all the means available to his extremely fertile imagination.

He was born March 5, , immediately before the revolution which led his native Brazil to the abolition of slavery and the end of monarchy. He captured in his musical language all the elements of his universe, and through this conveyed the essence of his self-definition as a man and as an artist. As a child he would spend hours each day playing the cello, often in duo with his father, constantly amusing himself at a game of immediate recognition of sounds and reproduction of their exact pitch… the passing train, a squeaking chair, a falling object, a door slamming shut, bird calls, or anything happening around them.

Sound, therefore, was a privileged link to reality from the very first years of his life. To all this he mixed the colours of his homeland, from the city or the rural areas: his beloved Ernesto Nazareth, Catulo da Paixao Cearense, Loao Pernambuco, Anaclecto de Medeiros, Donga, and all that comes from the Indians, the Blacks, the Portuguese. For him music was the ultimate experience of intuition, the composer relying exclusively on his ear, without which it is impossible to access genuine creativity.

The guitar is omnipresent in his life: for fun, to serenade, to earn money, to try an idea, to accompany, to seduce… His output for the instrument has become a fundamental constituent of the repertoire as much for its musical beauty as for its contributions to the development of technique. It is a mixture of Portuguese melodies with rhythms of Africa or other cultures, depending on the origins of the participants at hand.

There was a healthy sense of competition between musicians for their originality and demonstration of abillity and virtuosity. Olga Moraes Sarmento Nobre. Witnesses of this meeting spoke of slightly arrogant exchanges at the beginning, and of an eventual sympathy that led to a long and friendly relationship.

These studies are a pure treasure of imagination, highly refined instrumental writing and above all, musical passion.


List of compositions by Heitor Villa-Lobos



12 Estudos, W235 (Villa-Lobos, Heitor)



Villa-Lobos Douze Etudes



The Etudes of Heitor Villa-Lobos


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