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Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

About the Work

Quick Look Composer: Villa-Lobos
Program note originally written for the following performance:
Fortas Chamber Music Concert: Augustin Hadelich, Joyce Yang & Pablo Villegas: Tango, Song, and Dance Mon., Apr. 21, 2014, 7:30 PM
© Augustin Hadelich

When Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote his nine Bachianas brasileiras, he intended them primarily as homages to Bach. His music often shows the strong influence of Brazilian folk music, and in these pieces, the Brazilian rhythms and idioms are combined with counterpoint and harmony directly inspired by Bach's music. To conclude tonight's program, we will perform the first movement, Aria, from the Bachianas brasileiras No. 5, undoubtedly the most famous of this cycle. The arrangement for violin, guitar and piano was created by Stefan Malzew.