Monday, December 12, 2011

Humberto Mauro's Sangue Mineiro

The Brazilian film-maker Humberto Mauro is best known for his 1937 film Descobrimento do Brasil, the score of which was written by Villa-Lobos. New to YouTube is this beautiful silent film Sangue Mineiro, from 1929, a restored print from BossaFilmes with an excellent soundtrack of music from the period.

Villa-Lobos's first String Quartet plays an important role in the score, as does his rarely-heard orchestral work Ruda: God of Love. The complete music credits are at 1:16:40; included are pieces by Mignone, Hekel Tavares, Camargo Guarnieri, Nazareth, and Guerra Peixe.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Villa-Lobos Top 10

In commemoration of the 52nd anniversary of Villa-Lobos's death, journalist Rui Agapito wrote this excellent article at [English translation by Google]. I was really pleased that Rui asked me to come up with my favourite 10 pieces by Villa-Lobos. My choice:
  1. Preludes for guitar
  2. Choros #10
  3. Nonetto
  4. Quarteto simbolico
  5. Bachianas Brasileiras #5
  6. String Quartet #07
  7. Prole do Bebê, book 1
  8. Uirapuru
  9. Floresta do Amazonas
  10. Missa São Sebastião
What are your favourite 10 works by Villa?