Oswald, Henrique, Brazilian pedagogue and composer of Swiss descent; b. Rio de Janeiro, April 14, 1852; d. there, June 9, 1931. He studied with Gabriel Giraudon in São Paulo, and then in Florence with Buonamici (piano) and Maglioni (composition). After serving as vice-consul for Brazil in Le Havre and Genoa, he returned to Rio de Janeiro and was director of the National Inst. of Music (1903–06). Thereafter, he taught privately until becoming prof. of piano at the National Inst. of Music in 1911.
dramatic: opera: La croce d’oro (1872); II nel (1902); Le fate (1902). orch.: Suite (1884–87); Piano Concerto (1888); Violin Concerto (1888); Sinfonietta (1890); Sym. (1910). chamber: Piano Quintet; 4 string quartets; 3 piano trios; Violin Sonata; many piano pieces.
—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire