Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Martyrdom of the Insects in Ohio

Here's something most of us have never heard before. O Martírio dos Insetos is a very clever piece for violin & orchestra written by Villa-Lobos in 1925 (his modernist period). This is the U.S. premiere, recorded at last week-end's concert at Miami University in Oxford OH. Daniel Guedes is the violinist, and Ricardo Averbach conducts the Miami University Symphony Orchestra.

Though this is possibly the first performance of the piece since its premiere in 1948, there's an easily available score for the violin & piano adaptation made by the composer.


  1. Amazing. Bravo. Bravi

  2. Wellington Müller BujokasMarch 3, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    This is a piece I waiting for a long time. I'm really glad to have the opportunity to know how it sounds, even though the audio quality isn't impressive. It's so beautiful! I hope Guedes records it in cd (better if the Fantasia de Movimentos Mistos were there as well).

    Thank you a lot, Dean!

  3. Thanks, Wellington. Isn't this great?

    Yes, it would be nice to have a disc with Martirio & the Fantasia de Movimentos Mistos, and Daniel Guedes would be the guy to play the violin. He recorded the violin/piano version, by the way - - and has performed the violin sonatas & Choros Bis.

  4. Wellington Müller BujokasMarch 3, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    I have a dvd in which he plays Choros Bis (and it's amazingly good), but I've never heard his interpretations for the sonatas. I'd love to see how the 3rd could sound.