Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Go Vols!

I don't get a chance to talk NCAA football much ever here. But every once in a while...

Villa-Lobos is featured before the big Vols-Blazers (U Tennessee-Knoxville vs. U Alabama-Birmingham) game this weekend:


WHAT: Wesley Baldwin, associate professor of the Cello Studio in the School of Music, opens the Pre-Game Faculty Showcase at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with "Brazilian-Bach Fusion: The Music of Villa-Lobos." Baldwin will talk about the cello, and the UT Cello Studio will play one of the most well-known pieces ever written for a group of cellos, the "Bachianas Brazilieras No. 1" by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.

WHO: Students, faculty, staff, all football fans.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, before UT's game against Alabama-Birmingham.

Another article, from the Knoxville News Sentinel, explains the concept behind this project. It's interesting that Villa-Lobos is the subject of this gridiron demonstration, considering his antipathy towards team sports:

Villa-Lobos found that his concerts were often poorly attended because of the public's preference for soccer, this led him to denounce the sport violently. One of his phrases became famous: "Soccer causes human intelligence to detour from the head to the feet!" The Brazilian soccer fans responded vigorously to the challenge. In one town they bombarded the touring musicians with rotten eggs, and the threat of similar treatment caused the group to leave another town in the early morning hours.

David E. Vassberg, "Villa-Lobos as Pedagogue: Music in the Service of the State," Journal of Research in Music Education, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Autumn, 1975), p. 165

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