Heitor Villa-Lobos

1887–1959, BRAZILIAN

The first Brazilian composer to gain international acclaim, Villa-Lobos developed a recognizably Brazilian style of composition, integrating into the classical idiom elements of indigenous folk and popular music.

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOSTapping into his experience as a street musician, and the music he heard on his travels, Villa-Lobos brought the rich variety of Brazilian popular and indigenous music to the concert hall. He is shown here playing a cuíca, a native Brazilian friction drum.


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