Hyperion Records

As três Marias
composer
1939

Recordings
'Guiomar Novaes – The complete published 78-rpm recordings' (APR6015)
Guiomar Novaes – The complete published 78-rpm recordings
APR6015  for the price of 1 — Download only 3 November 2014 Release  
'Villa-Lobos: Piano Music' (CDA67176)
Villa-Lobos: Piano Music
Details
No 1: Alnitah
Track 20 on APR6015 CD2 [0'49] for the price of 1 — Download only 3 November 2014 Release
Track 1 on CDA67176 [0'53]
No 2: Alnilam
Track 21 on APR6015 CD2 [1'31] for the price of 1 — Download only 3 November 2014 Release
Track 2 on CDA67176 [1'29]
No 3: Mintika
Track 22 on APR6015 CD2 [0'49] for the price of 1 — Download only 3 November 2014 Release
Track 3 on CDA67176 [0'54]

As três Marias
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The little suite As Três Marias was composed at the suggestion of Edgar Varèse, whom Villa-Lobos had met in New York in 1939. At the time, Villa-Lobos had composed New York Skyline for orchestra, which arose from a suggestion from a journalist that Villa-Lobos project a photograph onto manuscript paper and use the outline of the image as a melodic line, which he then harmonised and later orchestrated. The resultant score fascinated Varèse, who asked for a similar experiment with regard to the night sky. ‘The Three Marys’ (Três Marias) is the name sometimes given to the three Belt stars (Alnilam, Alnitak and Mintaka—though the spellings vary) in the constellation Orion. In terms of texture and tessitura, the Três Marias are heard at their best when played consecutively, and when their additional pulse connections can be better appreciated. It should come as no surprise to learn that this little suite soon became one of the most frequently played solo piano works of this composer.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2000

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