b. Petropolis March 18, 1914.
He studied composition with Newton Padua at the Conservatorio Brasileiro in Rio de Janeiro (1938-43) and also with H.J. Koellreuther; played violin in theater orchs. and in the National Sym. Orch.; arranged music for radio.
As a composer, he plunged headlong into the torrent of dodecaphony, but about 1949 changed his orientation and returned to his Brazilian roots, nurtured by melorhythmic folk-song resources. He wrote 2 syms. (1946,1960); Nonet (1945); 2 string quartets (1947,1958); Violin Sonata (1950); Piano Trio (1960); Guitar Sonata (1969); Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon (1970); pieces for guitar.
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th ed., s.v. "César Guerra-Peixe."
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