Music: Formidable!

"In Europe," Composer Heitor Villa-Lobos once complained, "I am known as Villa-Lobos. In the United States I am only a Brazilian—applauded because of the Good Neighbor policy."

But Villa-Lobos' U.S. neighbors are getting to know him better. His latest music arrived on Broadway this week in a garishly attractive package—a flamboyant new musical called Magdalena. For want of a better label, Sponsor Homer Curran and Producer Edwin Lester had billed it as "a musical adventure."

Listen to the Boomlay. The 38-piece orchestra included 16 native percussion instruments (with names like the pio, chocalho de metal, reco-reco and matraca) which thumped and clattered...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!