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Assobio a jato 'The Jet Whistle'
composer
New York, 1950

Recordings
'Villa-Lobos: Music for flute' (CDH55057)
Villa-Lobos: Music for flute
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55057  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Details
Movement 1: Allegro non troppo
Track 6 on CDH55057 [3'24] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Adagio
Track 7 on CDH55057 [3'10] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Vivo
Track 8 on CDH55057 [4'10] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Assobio a jato 'The Jet Whistle'
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The fantasy piece for flute and cello, Assobio a Jato (‘The Jet Whistle’), was written in 1950 in New York and was first performed on 13 March 1950 in Rio de Janeiro. It is dedicated to Elizabeth and Carleton Sprague Smith (flautist and musicologist), and continues Villa-Lobos’s predilection, already seen in this recording, for writing high- and low-voiced instrumental duos. The piece is primarily a musical joke, playing on the natural characteristics of both instruments. Divided into three short movements, the colourfully lyrical, bustling world of the eclectic Villa-Lobos is encapsulated here in the fluid lines and virtuosity of both partners.

from notes by Simon Wright © 1989

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