Oswald, James, Scottish composer and music publisher; b. Scotland, 1711; d. Knebworth, Hertfordshire, 1769. He went to Edinburgh in 1736, where he was active as a singer and concert producer. He also composed, publishing his works anonymously or as David Rizzio. In 1741 he went to London, where he founded his own publishing firm in 1747 and subsequently brought out editions of popular works. He also composed music for the stage. In 1761 King George III made him his chamber composer. Oswald was most effective as a composer of works in Classical forms infused with a Scottish melos.
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