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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 2,000 works by his death in 1959. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heitor Villa-Lobos has received more than 590,360 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Heitor Villa-Lobos is the 131st most popular composer (up from 137th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Brazil (down from 25th 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 131 out of 1,216Before him are Pérotin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Carl Nielsen, Johannes Ockeghem, and Paul Dukas. After him are Maurice Jarre, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Iannis Xenakis, César Cui, Emmerich Kálmán, and Pierre Boulez.

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Among people born in 1887, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 25Before him are Vidkun Quisling, Felix Yusupov, Saint-John Perse, Chūichi Nagumo, Henry Moseley, and Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. After him are Ruth Benedict, Georg Trakl, Nikolai Vavilov, Nadia Boulanger, Lothar Rendulic, and Wolfgang Köhler. Among people deceased in 1959, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 11Before him are George Marshall, Raymond Chandler, Billie Holiday, Owen Willans Richardson, Gérard Philipe, and Boris Vian. After him are Camilo Cienfuegos, Adolf Windaus, Shirō Ishii, Buddy Holly, Errol Flynn, and George Grosz.

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In Brazil

Among people born in Brazil, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 29 out of 2,067Before him are Ronaldinho (1980), Luiz Felipe Scolari (1948), Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927), Getúlio Vargas (1882), Maria II of Portugal (1819), and Carlos Alberto Parreira (1943). After him are Ronaldo (1976), Romário (1966), Roberto Carlos (1973), João Gilberto (1931), Djalma Santos (1929), and Jairzinho (1944).

Among COMPOSERS In Brazil

Among composers born in Brazil, Heitor Villa-Lobos ranks 1After him are Antônio Carlos Gomes (1836), Egberto Gismonti (1947), Ary Barroso (1903), Camargo Guarnieri (1907), Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847), Alberto Nepomuceno (1864), Cláudio Santoro (1919), and Alexandre Levy (1864).