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Heitor Villa-Lobos

O Polichinelo  Play

Victor Cayres Piano

Recorded on 08/03/2016, uploaded on 03/14/2017

Musician's or Publisher's Notes

Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of the strongest advocates for nationalism in music, explored the keyboard in imaginative and unprecedented ways in Brazil, combining tradition with irreverence. Alma Brasileira (‘Brazilian Soul’) and Impressões Seresteiras (‘Evening Impressions’ or ‘Serenader’s Impressions’) were both inspired by Chorões, Brazilian street musicians who performed music of a melancholic nature with influences from native Indians, folklore, and African dances. Composed in 1925 and 1936, respectively, both works have a rhapsodic design with luscious harmonies and broad use of the keyboard, presenting a recurring nostalgic tune interrupted by two vibrant, lyrical, dramatic, and exuberant dance episodes. The final piece, O Polichinelo (‘The Punch’), was often played by Arthur Rubinstein, who greatly admired Villa Lobos.  O Polichinelo, inspired by the mischievous Pulcinella from 17th century Comedia dell’Arte, utilizes a simple children’s folk tune embellished by an energetic and insolent accompaniment.        Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of the strongest advocates for nationalism in music, explored the keyboard in imaginative and unprecedented ways in Brazil, combining tradition with irreverence. Alma Brasileira (‘Brazilian Soul’) and Impressões Seresteiras (‘Evening Impressions’ or ‘Serenader’s Impressions’) were both inspired by Chorões, Brazilian street musicians who performed music of a melancholic nature with influences from native Indians, folklore, and African dances. Composed in 1925 and 1936, respectively, both works have a rhapsodic design with luscious harmonies and broad use of the keyboard, presenting a recurring nostalgic tune interrupted by two vibrant, lyrical, dramatic, and exuberant dance episodes. The final piece, O Polichinelo (‘The Punch’), was often played by Arthur Rubinstein, who greatly admired Villa Lobos.  O Polichinelo, inspired by the mischievous Pulcinella from 17th century Comedia dell’Arte, utilizes a simple children’s folk tune embellished by an energetic and insolent accompaniment.         Victor Cayres

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Performances by same musician(s)

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Alma brasileira
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Three Burlesques, Op. 8c
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Sonata in b minor, K. 27
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Sonata in D minor, K. 32

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