Respected Brazilian musician whose more traditional style was shunned after the Brazilian Modernist movement took hold.
He was a student in Florence, Italy, for many years.
He directed Rio de Janeiro's Instituto Nacional de Música from 1903 until 1906.
His mother was from Italy and was a piano teacher, while his father was a Swiss-German immigrant. The family name was changed from Oschwald to Oswald for fear of discrimination.
He and fellow Brazilian pianist Guiomar Novaes were contemporaries.