1st Edition

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras Intertextuality and Stylization

By Norton Dudeque Copyright 2022
    186 Pages 119 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    186 Pages 119 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras demonstrates how the composer achieved his own Brazilian neoclassical style in a group of works, nine suites in total, that is arguably one of the best examples of homage to J.S. Bach’s music in the twentieth century. In this book, the corpus of Bachianas Brasileiras is contextualized and critically examined according to its structure and intertextual aspects, as well as its relationship to Bach’s music, Brazilian popular music, and other works by contemporaries of Villa Lobos. A range of musical examples illustrate instances of the selected topics in the works, encompassing urban Brazilian popular music such as the choro, Brazilian northeast and afro rhythms, and citation of folkloric melodies. Dudeque’s comprehensive examination of the Bachianas Brasileiras will be invaluable for scholars and researchers of music theory and analysis.


    1 Bach’s music: from myth to universal inspiration

    2 The Homage to J. S. Bach and elements of stylization

    3 Intertextuality with Brazilian popular music

    4 Analytical Essays on Intertextuality and Intratextuality

    5 Final Remarks



    Norton Dudeque is Senior Associate professor at the Arts Department of the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil) and Researcher at the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/Brazil).