Bozza, Eugène, French composer and conductor; b. Nice, April 4, 1905; d. Valenciennes, Sept. 28, 1991. He studied at the Paris Cons., and received the Grand Prix de Rome in 1934. From 1939 to 1948 he was conductor of the Opéra-Comique in Paris. He then moved to Valenciennes, where he was appointed director of the local cons.
DRAMATIC: Fête romaine, ballet (1942); Jeux de plage, ballet (1946) Leónidas, opera (1947); Beppo ou le Mort dont personne ne voulait, comic opera (1963); La Duchesse de Langeais, lyric drama (Lille, 1967). orch.: Violin Concerto (1938); Saxophone Concerto (1939); Rhapsodie niçoise for Violin and Orch. (1942); Concertino for Bassoon and Chamber Orch. (1944); Ballade for Trombone and Orch. (1944); Cello Concerto (1947); Sym. (1948); 5 Mouvements for Strings (1970). chamber:Luciolles for 6 Clarinets; Suite française for 5 Woodwind Instruments; 3 Pieces for 5 Trombones; other compositions for unusual instrumental combinations.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire