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ARTIST
TITLE
Guitar Music of Villa-Lobos
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
MUTABLE 17513 MUTABLE 17513
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RELEASE DATE
1/5/2004

Joseph Bacon, guitarist. "Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), the greatest of Brazilian composers, was a man of instinct, vigour and passion; the antithesis of the academic composer who writes for the eye and brain, not the ear and heart. His innovations in the techniques of guitar composition are unparalleled. His own considerable ability as a guitarist as well as his fertile imagination led to the invention of many brilliant and telling effects. And the sheer beauty and vigour of the music place these pieces at the forefront of modern guitar music. Three distinct periods of Villa-Lobos' life are represented on this record. The Valsa-Chôro, Schottisch- Chôro and Chôros #1 date from 1912 when he was a young man playing his guitar in the street bands. The Etudes were written in 1929 when Villa-Lobos was in Paris for an extended visit. Here he met Segovia and he wrote a series of twelve etudes for the great guitarist. In character they range from dry 'finger studies' to rhapsodic and savage fantasies."