String Quartet No.1, W099 (Villa-Lobos, Heitor)

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Publisher. Info. New York: Southern Music Publishing, 1953. Plate 158-25.
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General Information

Work Title String Quartet No.1
Alternative. Title
Composer Villa-Lobos, Heitor
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. W099
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 6 movements
  1. Cantilena - Andante
  2. Brincadeira - Allegretto Scherzando
  3. Canto Lirico - Moderato
  4. Canconeta - Andantino quasi Allegretto
  5. Melancolia - Lento
  6. Saltando como um Saci - Allegro
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1946 (possibly a revision of a 1915 work)
First Publication. 1953
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation 2 Violins, Viola, and Cello
External Links Villa-Lobos site (IU)

Misc. Comments

Some questions persist regarding this piece. To quote the entry from the Villa-Lobos Database:

"Written in Fribourgo, 1915. Or was it? The version we hear today is Villa-Lobos's 1946 re-write of the SuĂ­te graciosa from 1915. Tarasti says, though, that "Musical analysis supports the hypothesis that it really is a work of youth." p. 300."