Eugène Bozza

Biography

Born: April 4, 1905; Nice, France   Died: September 28, 1991; Valenciennes, France  
French composer and conductor Eugène Bozza wrote many large-scale stage works, but he is best known outside of France for more modest woodwind and brass pieces in a highly accessible, elegant, lyrical style. Some have become standard student test works; others, for wind quintet, saxophone quartet, and various unusual instrumental combinations, are favorite faculty recital items. Celebrity soloists rarely play his music, but Bozza is nevertheless Read more widely heard in European and American conservatories.

He studied at the Paris Conservatory with the likes of Büsser and Rabaud; he was a brilliant student, taking first prize in violin, conducting, and composition. In 1934 his lyric fantasy La Légende de Roukmani garnered him the Prix de Rome. After the Italian sojourn that came with that prize, Bozza served as conductor of the Paris Opéra-Comique from 1939 to 1948. In 1951 he moved to Valenciennes to become director of the Ecole Nacionale de Musique, a post he held until his 1975 retirement. In 1956 he became a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Among his larger works are a symphony, a violin concerto, a piano concerto, and two Requiems. Perhaps significantly, his stage works -- including the ballets Fêtes romaines and Jeux de plage and the operas Beppo and La Duchesse de Langeais -- were premiered not in Paris but in provincial centers, notably Lille. Read less
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  • 1.
    The French Influence / Schwarz, Paik
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1047 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Honegger,  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Senée,  George Enescu  ... 
    Performer:  Gerard Schwarz,  Kun-Woo Paik
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    Jennifer Montone Performs Works by Schumann, Saint-Saens, Strauss and more
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1612 Release Date: 01/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Strauss,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Polonsky,  Jennifer Montone
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    A French Connection
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11205 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Serge Lancen,  Eugène Bozza,  Fisher Tull,  Florent Schmitt  ... 
    Performer:  Jeremy Wilson
    Conductor:  Thomas E. Verrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vanderbilt University Wind Symphony
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    Ruminations: Bassoon Works Of Eugene Bozza / Amy Pollard
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 51281 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Bozza
    Performer:  Amy Pollard,  Damon Denton,  William Ludwig,  Darrel Hale  ... 
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    Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers, Piazzolla
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 218 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Kurt Weill,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
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    Single Reed - William Perconti, Saxophones
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1527 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Allan Blank,  Leo Kraft,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  William Perconti,  William Perconti
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    Lost Trumpet Treasures
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 51265 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre-Eugene Cellier,  Jean Absil,  Eugène Bozza,  Paul Vidal  ... 
    Performer:  Jason Dovel,  Edward Neeman,  Vince DiMartino
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    Piecen Fur Bassklarinette
    Label: Dreyer-gaido   Catalog: 21084 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Owen Elton,  Eugène Bozza,  Keith Ramon Cole,  David Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Hsiao-Yen Chen,  Balthasar Hens
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    Aria: Music for Saxophone & Organ
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1046 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geirr Tveitt,  Ennio Morricone,  Oskar Lindberg,  David Bratlie  ... 
    Performer:  Anders Eidsten Dahl,  Vegard Landaas
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    Alone
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 57 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arthur Honegger,  Claude Debussy,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Vincent Lucas
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    Works & Duos For Clarinet & Bassoon / Massimo Martusciello, Gennaro Spezza
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5178 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Eugène Bozza,  Igor Stravinsky,  Luciano Di Giandomenico  ... 
    Performer:  Massimo Martusciello,  Gennaro Spezza
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    Dal Barocco Al Jazz / Gymnasium Flute Quartet
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5175 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Marc Berthomieu,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gymnasium Flute Quartet
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    Musique Francaise Pour Quatuor De Saxophones
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 53 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Bozza,  Sebastien Beranger,  Gabriel Pierné,  Régis Campo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Axone Saxophone Quartet
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    Flavors / Kent Eshelman, In-Ja Eshelman
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 76 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bruce Broughton,  Erik Leidzen,  Anthony Plog,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Kent Eshelman,  In-Ja Eshelman
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    Borrowed Inspirations
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 50766 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jess Turner,  Fisher Tull,  Eugène Bozza,  Frank Ticheli  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Yozviak
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Chester University Wind Ensemble
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    Vocalise
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 50236 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Gabriel Fauré,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Vocalise
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    Le Merle Noir / Idit Shner
    Label: Origin Classical   Catalog: 33017 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Bozza,  Olivier Messiaen,  Odon Partos,  Paul-Baudouin Michel  ... 
    Performer:  Idit Shner,  Svetlana Kotova
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  • 18.
    Duo - Koechlin, Cartan, Bozza, Rivier, Schmitt / Boisvert, Laflamme
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2679 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Koechlin,  Florent Schmitt,  Jean Rivier,  Jean Cartan  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Guy Boisvert,  Christiane Laflamme,  Jean-Willy Kunz
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    The Seasons / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2072 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Tomasi,  Darius Milhaud,  Charles Koechlin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Wittman,  Walter Seyfarth,  Fergus McWilliam,  Henning Trog  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
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    La Voie Triomphale / Norwegian Armed Forces Staff Band [Hybrid SACD + Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Two-l   Catalog: 86 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Paul Dukas,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Ole Kristian Ruud
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Armed Forces Staff Band
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    Saxophon & Harfe, Vol 2 / Holler, Rid
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108009 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Bumcke,  Ida Gotkovsky,  Claude Debussy,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Martina Holler,  Hermann Rid
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  • 22.
    Cor! Alison Teale Plays Cor Anglais
    Label: Oboe Classics   Catalog: 2023 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Robert Valentine,  Olivier Messiaen,  Michael Berkeley  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Burley
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  • 23.
    Luminous Shade
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039145 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Bozza,  Hendrik Hofmeyr,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Arthur Benjamin  ... 
    Performer:  Maria du Toit,  Nina Schumann
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    Ofra Harnoy, Vol. 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 6609 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Jules Massenet,  Eugène Bozza  ... 
    Performer:  Ofra Harnoy,  Igor Oistrakh,  Michael Dussek,  Patricia Parr  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Robinson
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  • 25.
    Works For Bassoon & Piano / Rodion Tolmachev, Midori Kitag
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6031728 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Eugène Bozza,  Roger Boutry,  Jean Françaix  ... 
    Performer:  Rodion Tolmachev,  Midori Kitag
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