Bozza studied composition, conducting, and violin at the Paris Conservatoire. He is known primarily for his chamber music. Bozza's work includes five symphonies, operas, ballets, and many pieces for brass ensemble. His larger works are rarely performed outside his native France.
Career coach, the director of the Ecole Nationale de Musique, in Valenciennes, from 1951 until his retirement in 1975.
Bozza is particularly noted for his wind writing, having composed pieces for nearly all of the winds and strings during his academic career (including the saxophone, for which his 1936 "Aria" is an important early composition). His chamber music for winds shows great familiarity with the capabilities of the instruments, often demanding a great deal of technical skill, without losing the expressive, melodic style typical of 20th century French chamber music; his music is part of the standard repertoire for several instruments. Examples include his Scherzo for woodwind quintet, a short and lighthearted piece that requires a fair bit of technical skill.
La légende de Roukmāni, a cantata based on an Indian legend, won him the Prix de Rome in 1934. His Pièce sur le nom d'Édouard Nanny pour contrebasse et piano. 1956 was a tribute to the professor of double bass at the Paris Conservatory.
- Paul Griffiths and Richard Langham Smith. "Eugène Bozza", Grove Music Online, ed. L. Macy (accessed 16 January 2005), grovemusic.com (subscription access).
- Eugene Bozza Biography, Music Samples and Informational Site
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