- Gerard Béhague
(b Fortaleza, July 6, 1864; d Rio de Janeiro, Oct 16, 1920). Brazilian composer and conductor. His father was his first teacher. His formal education took place in Recife, where at 18 he was already conducting the concerts of the local Carlos Gomes Club. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1884 and continued his studies while teaching the piano at the Beethoven Club. A trip to Europe, begun in 1888, took him to the most celebrated music schools: the Accademia di S Cecilia in Rome, the Akademische Meisterschule, the Stern Conservatory in Berlin, and the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied the organ with Guilmant. He returned to Rio de Janeiro in 1895 to teach the organ at the conservatory. In 1896 he took on the directorship of the Sociedade de Concertos Populares, and in 1902 that of the conservatory, but only for a few months. He became director of the institute again in ...