From the recording Diálogos Duo/Choro Tributes
Dedicated to Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), the prolific and most famous twentieth century classical composer in Brazil. Requiem evokes "Bachianas Brasieiras No. 5", whose tribute to Bach contrasts a slow-moving lyrical melody with continuous 16th-note accompaniment. Although recognized mostly for his classical work, he also composed a series of choros, each with a different instrumentation. Requiem is not really a choro, but a somber midpoint amidst predominantly upbeat pieces comprising the suite.