Heitor Villa-Lobos

1887 - 1959

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Heitor Villa-Lobos (March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, and classical guitarist described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music". Villa-Lobos has become the best-known South American composer of all time. A prolific composer, he wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works, totaling over 2000 works by his death in 1959. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heitor Villa-Lobos has received more than 514,033 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Heitor Villa-Lobos is the 137th most popular composer (down from 129th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Brazil (down from 24th in 2019) and the most popular Brazilian Composer.

Heitor Villa-Lobos is most famous for his compositions. He was a Brazilian composer, conductor, and pianist. He was also a pioneer of Brazilian nationalism in classical music.

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Among composers, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 137 out of 1,228Before him are Gregorio Allegri, Daniel Auber, Maurice Jarre, Paul Dukas, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze. After him are Manuel de Falla, Iannis Xenakis, Henry Mancini, Philip Glass, Kurt Weill, and Johann Ambrosius Bach.

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Among people born in 1887, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 24Before him are Nikolai Vavilov, Juan Gris, Chūichi Nagumo, Saint-John Perse, Henry Moseley, and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. After him are Felix Yusupov, Georg Trakl, Ruth Benedict, Kurt Schwitters, Leopold Ružička, and August Macke. Among people deceased in 1959, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 12Before him are Raymond Chandler, Owen Willans Richardson, Gérard Philipe, Errol Flynn, Boris Vian, and Camilo Cienfuegos. After him are Billie Holiday, George Grosz, Shirō Ishii, Adolf Windaus, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 25 out of 1,947Before him are Rivellino (1946), Paulo Freire (1921), João Havelange (1916), Luiz Felipe Scolari (1948), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), and Emerson Fittipaldi (1946). After him are Getúlio Vargas (1882), Ronaldinho (1980), Nílton Santos (1925), João Gilberto (1931), Sérgio Vieira de Mello (1948), and Djalma Santos (1929).

Among COMPOSERS In Brazil

Among composers born in Brazil, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 1After him are Antônio Carlos Gomes (1836), Ary Barroso (1903), Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847), Egberto Gismonti (1947), Camargo Guarnieri (1907), and Alexandre Levy (1864).