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    Default Ranking Bachianas Brasileiras.

    Hi everyone, probably I'm the only one who knows well all the bachianas brasileiras by Villa-Lobos.
    In any case, even thought you don't know all the bachianas, you can share your personal idea.
    My rank is:
    No 2
    No 7
    No 5
    No 4 / No 3
    No 8
    No 1
    No 9
    No 6

    They are all beautiful.
    The No 2 is probably the most "brasilian", and the last movement "O trenzinho do Caipira" is incredible.
    The No 7 is the most "bachian" and is very beautiful (especially the first movement)
    The No 5 is so famous. I don't think i must comment.
    The No 4 has a first movement that is better for only piano, and the others that are better for orchestra. The third movement has a popular melody in it, and I love it so much also for personal reason.
    The third starts with a very powerful movement but the others one seems to be a little bit repetitive. This one and the first have the most high number of the chord progression that is in the 20% of classical music (Handel's Passacaglia progression (has it a name?))
    The No 1 is good, but sounds kinda simple music.
    Maybe the sixth and the ninth are the most "interesting" and "weird", but i don't enjoy them so much.

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    Thanks for the list. I have the Nashville Symphony's Naxos recording of these, and it didn't click with me the first time I heard it, so I haven't paid much attention to them. You've spurred me to go through it again. Maybe I missed something the first time around.
    Last edited by Manxfeeder; Dec-02-2021 at 15:36.

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    Love #6 - Flute and Bassoon - at the opening, the flute runs the Bachian "bass line" - while the bassoon plays the melodic air above [er...below] it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    Love #6 - Flute and Bassoon - at the opening, the flute runs the Bachian "bass line" - while the bassoon plays the melodic air above [er...below] it...
    Me, too. It's a bear to play, which I have many times, but I love it.

    As for the others, I won't rank them because I dislike ranking art. Music isn't a football rankings table.

    But possibly No. 7 is my favorite.

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