Unpublished Villa-Lobos scores found in Brazil


June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 17, 2009 at 10:10 PM EDT

Unpublished scores by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) were found at the Rio de Janeiro School of Music library, according to the school's director.

"I hired three interns to inventory the manuscript section of the library with our team and we found these invaluable works," Andre Cardoso told reporters, adding that the handwritten scores were dated 1921.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Villa-Lobos, who combined European influence and traditional Brazilian music in his work.

The library where the manuscripts were found was established in 1848, also the date of the founding of the School of Music, which is currently housed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. It boasts a collection of scores from across the world obtained through donations or acquisitions.

"The Villa-Lobos scores that were found were very well preserved," said Cardoso, adding he would send a copy to a museum dedicated to the composer in southern Rio de Janeiro.

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