III Villa-Lobos Symposium


General information

The 3rd Villa-Lobos Symposium is intended to celebrate Villa-Lobos’s 130th birthday (1887-1959), promoting debates about his work and discussing his activity as composer, conductor, educator and cultural promoter.

The symposium also serves for launching a book, Villa-Lobos, um compêndio: novos desafios interpretativos (Ed. UFPR) [Villa-Lobos, a Companion: New Interpretative Challenges], organized by Paulo de Tarso Salles and Norton Dudeque, ISBN 978-85-8480-114-5.

The book presents 14 essays written by researchers who belong to the PAMVILLA: Leopoldo Waizbort, Pedro Paulo Salles, Flávia Toni, Manoel Correa do Lago, Pedro Belchior, Nahim Marun, Achille Picchi, Allan Falqueiro, Walter Nery Filho, Ciro Visconti, Joel Albuquerque, Acácio Piedade, Norton Dudeque, Gabriel Moreira, Silvio Ferraz, Rodolfo Coelho de Souza, and Paulo de Tarso Salles.

There will be round tables with those authors, proposing a debate with the audience about questions raised by the book.

Call for papers

You can submit your paper to the 3rd Villa-Lobos Symposium, which is organized by the department of music of School of Arts and Communication in the University of São Paulo (CMU-ECA/USP). It will happens in November, 10 and 11th, 2017, in the USP campus “cidade universitária”, São Paulo. 

Papers can be delivered in English.

Suggested themes

  • Nationalism, folklorism, and modernism in Brazil in the beginning of 20th century.
  • Topics theory, narativity and other semiotic approaches applied on Brazilian music.
  • Structural and/or aesthetic analysis of Villa-Lobos’s works.
  • Historical and biographical aspects about Villa-Lobos
  • Villa-Lobos and the Estado Novo: new interpretations about the construction of Brazil.
  • Dialogues between music education proposals in Brazil: from the Canto Orfeônico to nowadays.
  • Performance in Villa-Lobos’s music.
  • A dialogue between Villa-Lobos and the modern music in Europe and America.
  • A dialogue between Villa-Lobos and the Brazilian popular music.
  • The Villa-Lobos Museum and other collections of Brazilian music.
  • Etnographic representations in Villa-Lobos’s work: the Indian, the black, the “caipira” (red neck), etc.

Deadline extended: October 10th, 2017.

Papers must be sent to: simposiovilla2017@gmail.com

Only original and unpublished papers will be considered. They must fit in the formatting below:

  • Between 1000 and 6000 words (without title, abstract, keywords, and references).
  • File types accepted: .doc, .docx, or .rtf (to 5MB).
  • Margins: left, right, top and bottom: 2,5 cm.
  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12.
  • Paragraph: between lines 1,5; alignment justified.
  • There will be only an online publication of the proceedings (it will be assigned with a ISBN).
  • Each presentation must be delivered in a maximum time of 20 minutes.
  • Papers will be included in proceedings after payment of registration.


  • Students: U$ 30.00
  • Professors: U$ 50.00

Registration fee covers participation in all the conference sessions, conference material (programme), coffee/tea during the breaks as given in the programme, and the concertos. It must be done in the opening day (November 10th) from 9:00 to 12:00 am, just in cash.

The 3rd Villa-Lobos Symposium will take place in USP at the campus “cidade universitária”, Butantã, São Paulo. By the morning the event is housed in auditorium Olivier Toni, at the Department of Music (CMU); after lunch, it moves to auditorium Lupe Cotrim (ECA’s main building, 1st floor). See map.

For those who need accommodation, there are some links to hotel websites in some convenient locations not so far from the USP campus (about 20 minutes bus ride or 15 minutes by a cab); see it here.

Alternatively, you can reach the campus also by subway, leaving at Butantã Station (yellow line), where you can take a shuttle bus (“8012-10” or “8022-10”, a 10 minutes ride, in both you must leave at the 4th stop) or a cab (5 minutes ride) to the event.

Buses 8012-10 (Circular 1) and 8022-10 (Circular 2): itinerary.

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