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Heitor Villa-Lobos was particularly lauded for creating a unique Brazilian style of art music. He imbued in his works a flavor of the many facets and cultures of Brazilian life, from the jungles of the Amazon to the street musicians of Rio de Janeiro. One of his late works, a piece entitled Assobio a Jato (The Jet Whistle), demonstrates this Brazilian flavor, even though the composition was written later in Villa-Lobos's life when the Brazilian element was not so obvious as in his earlier works. The purpose of this paper is to present a brief background about Villa-Lobos and an overview of Brazilian popular and folk music. Further, a discussion about how Villa­ Lobos incorporated this music into his own compositions follows, and an analysis of Assobio a Jato with regard to its elements of Brazilian music concludes the paper.


A Treatise Presented to the School of Music and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music (MMUS) University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1995 Nancy J. Ebel.