Heitor Villa-Lobos

1959 Death of Brazilian composer, pianist and conductor Heitor Villa-Lobos, at 72 in Rio de Janeiro. b-Rio de Janeiro, 5 MAR 1887. Heitor Villa-Lobos (March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, easily the best-known classical composer born in South America. He wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified by his Bachianas brasileiras ("Brazilian Bach-pieces").
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