The contrapuntal nature of many passages in the Chôros
series is clearly demonstrated in Chôros
No 2, a duo for flute and clarinet written in 1924. This is one of only two compositions dating from that busy year of concert-giving and travel, the other being Chôros
No 7, a larger chamber work which also employed flute and clarinet as leading voices. The spikily humorous dissonances, imitations, and syncopations of Chôros
No 2 are all direct descendents of the improvisatory music of Rio’s street musicians in which the two instruments predominated. The work may also be seen as a genuine two-part invention, again prefiguring the conception of the later series of Bachianas Brasileiras
. Villa-Lobos even made his own transcription of the work for piano.
from notes by Simon Wright © 1989