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Lorenzo Fernândez, Oscar

Lorenzo Fernândez, Oscar

Lorenzo Fernândez, Oscar, Brazilian composer and teacher; b. Rio de Janeiro, Nov. 4, 1897; d. there, Aug. 26, 1948. He was a student of João Otaviano (piano and theory) before pursuing his training at the Instituto Nacionale de Música in Rio de Janeiro with Oswald (piano), Nascimento (harmony), and Braga (counterpoint and fugue). In 1924 he joined its faculty as prof. of harmony; later was founder-director of the Brazilian Cons. (1936–48). His works, derived from Brazilian folk songs, followed along national lines.

Works

dramatic: Opera: Malazarte(1931–33; Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 30, 1941; orch. suite, 1941). orch.: Piano Concerto (1924); Suite sinfónica sobre 3 temas populares brasileiros (1925); Imbapará, poema amerindio (1928; Rio de Janeiro, Sept. 2, 1929); Amayo, bailado incaico (1930; Rio de Janeiro, July 9, 1939); Reisado do pastoreio (Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 22, 1930); Violin Concerto (1941); 2 syms. (1945, 1947); Variações sinfónicas for Piano and Orch. (1948). chamber: Piano Trio (1921); Trio brasileiro for Piano Trio (1924); Suite for Wind Quintet (1926); 2 string quartets; piano pieces. vocal: Songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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