Late Monday (8/17) on Yahoo! News , an Agence France Presse report states, “Unpublished scores by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) were found at the Rio de Janeiro School of Music library, according to the school’s director. … The handwritten scores were dated 1921. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Villa-Lobos, who combined European influence and traditional Brazilian music in his work. The library where the manuscripts were found was established in 1848, also the date of the founding of the School of Music, which is currently housed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. It boasts a collection of scores from across the world obtained through donations or acquisitions.” The scores are well-preserved, according to the school’s director, André Cardoso.

Posted August 19, 2009