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 Post subject: Villa-Lobos
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:19 pm 
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I have been going on about Villa-Lobos repeatedly, and it is now time we had this larger-than-life great Brazilian on the site to keep his friend and compatriot Nazareth company. Recorded this afternoon, here's some of his relatively undemanding works (insofar as anything is ever undemanding with Villa-Lobos...).

A Lenda do Caboclo (The Legend of the Native) is one of his most popular piano pieces, a nostalgic outpouring which sings of the Brazilian forests and selvas.

Villa-Lobos - A Lenda do Caboclo

As Tres Marias (The Three Maries) is based on a popular Brazilian children's story, The Three Maries of Earth, about three little girls who are the best of friends and happily romp the countryside together. I have persistent problem with the crazy RH figuration of the No.3 so you'll have to pardon some fumbles there. It does not seem to get any better the more I practise it :x

Villa-Lobos - As Tres Marias - 1: Alnitah
Villa-Lobos - As Tres Marias - 2: Alnilam
Villa-Lobos - As Tres Marias - 3: Mintika

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Thanks for posting As Tres Marias. I hadn't heard them before. They are quite charming. I've never played any Villa-Lobos before. The "Marias" don't sound so easy to me. I just played through a little piece by Villa-Lobos a couple of days ago: O Polichinelo, No. 7 from ' The Baby's Family, Volume I. It's not difficult, but I didn't know if it was worth learning. Are you familiar with it?

Your "Marias" were well-played in my opinion.


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Yes I know the Baby's Family very well. Not kid stuff I can tell you... That Polichinelle is difficult especially if you want to play it in the right ferocious tempo. It was one of Rubinstein's favourite encores.

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I really, really liked the first piece. Are there any repeats or does it go straight through?

I have never heard the Marias, before One can definitely hear them romping around.
Nice playing!

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pianolady wrote:
I really, really liked the first piece. Are there any repeats or does it go straight through?

I have never heard the Marias, before One can definitely hear them romping around.
Nice playing!

Thanks ! That first piece nas no repeats, alas. It's a little simplistic really. There are some others, in similar vein but more elaborate (Alma Brasiliera, Saudades das Selvas Brasilieras) which I also plan to record.

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I have heard these before but never played them or looked at the score and honestly know very little about the composer.

A bit different music played rather high up on the instrument which to me gives it a feeling of childhood. A lot of chromatics effects combined with simple melodies which is pretty new to my ears.

Seems like technically solid performances and as you understand them well. Good job!

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robert wrote:
I have heard these before but never played them or looked at the score and honestly know very little about the composer.

Well you can try read his bio on PianoSociety.com :wink:
Written by Monica BTW, and full of interesting details.

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techneut wrote:
robert wrote:
I have heard these before but never played them or looked at the score and honestly know very little about the composer.

Well you can try read his bio on PianoSociety.com :wink:
Written by Monica BTW, and full of interesting details.

Getting back on me for the Scarlatti sonatas translation table arn't you? :P

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robert wrote:
Getting back on me for the Scarlatti sonatas translation table arn't you? :P

Haaaa yess.... I always get my own back in the end 8)

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