Villa-Lobos had a great distaste for formality, and often took the opportunity to poke fun at it. On one occasion, I was the object of his joke. One evening, feeling somewhat low, I telephoned him and asked if I could come over for a visit. The answer was yes. I explained that I hadn’t shaved and did not appear particularly neat, so I asked if he had company. He said that no one was there. I went over, and upon arriving, he and his wife, Mindinha, bade me enter with big smiles on their faces and he said, “Alfredo, I want you to meet my friend Segovia.
A great story by Alfred Heller, from his article “The One-World Style of Villa-Lobos.”