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Ruminations: Bassoon Works of Eugene Bozza (1905-91) / Amy Pollard, William Ludwig, Darrel Hale (bassoons); Damon Denton, piano; various instrumentalists

Audio Samples

  1. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Bassoon Concertino, Op. 49: I. Allegro con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Bassoon Concertino, Op. 49: II. Andante scorrevole, tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Bassoon Concertino, Op. 49: III. Allegro vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Nocturne-danse $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Duettino for 2 Bassoons: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Duettino for 2 Bassoons: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Duettino for 2 Bassoons: III. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Duettino for 2 Bassoons: IV. Allegro ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Récit, sicilienne et rondo $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Divertissement for 3 Bassoons: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Divertissement for 3 Bassoons: II. Adagio, ma non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Divertissement for 3 Bassoons: III. Allegro giocoso $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Fantaisie $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Suite brève en trio, Op. 67: I. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Suite brève en trio, Op. 67: II. Allegro vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Suite brève en trio, Op. 67: III. Adagio espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Suite brève en trio, Op. 67: IV. Allegro vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon: II. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon: III. Vif $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bassoon Works of Eugène Bozza — Burlesque $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bozza, Eugène : Concertino for basson & orchestra, Op. 49
>Bozza, Eugène : Nocturne-Danse
>Bozza, Eugène : Duettino, for 2 bassoons
>Bozza, Eugène : Recit, Sicillenne et Rondo, for bassoon & piano
>Bozza, Eugène : Divertissements for 3 bassoons
>Bozza, Eugène : Fantaisie for bassoon & piano
>Bozza, Eugène : Suite brève en trio, for oboe, clarinet & bassoon, Op. 67
>Bozza, Eugène : Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon
>Bozza, Eugène : Aria for Alto Saxophone
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Eugène Joseph Bozza was a prolific French composer who was active for the majority of the 20th century. Although Bozza wrote vocal music, stage works, ballets, and orchestral works, he is best known for his wind chamber music and wind instrument solo works. The printed catalog of Bozza's works by Alphonse Leduc (the major publisher of Bozza's compositions) lists 228 titles and 167 of these are for wind instrument solos or chamber groups. Many of his instrumental solos were used at the Conservatoire de Paris as examination pieces, testing students' performance at the close of each semester. Bozza's compositional style varies with each work, and he writes both technically demanding passages along with beautiful, lyrical melodies. He frequently uses recurring thematic material, both within an individual piece as well as between separate works. Seth Brodsky, Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago, states: The marvelously capable composer Eugène Bozza is one of those countless creatures in the forest of modern music who never made it into the mitten. A prodigious talent coming of artistic age in Paris between the wars, Bozza lived through virtually the entire century, and was a coeval of every musical -ism imaginable (expressionism, futurism, objectivism, serialism, minimalism, maximalism). But none of them stuck to him, and he appears to have been quite fine with that. He composed music with no stories attached, immaculately crafted and attentive to the playing idioms of all instruments. He wrote music primarily for the players, and left the historical mitten largely alone.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Amy Pollard presents works for bassoon by Eugene Bozza with pianist Damon Denton and other woodwind colleagues. The arrangement of the tracks offers a flow of bassoon and piano, chamber winds, and the long and short forms. It is an ambitious project to record nine works of a single composer in one collection, especially such similar works. High points of the album include the Flute and Bassoon Sonatine for its lively interchange with flutist Angela Jones-Reus and 'Aria' transcribed from saxophone. That displays the suaveness of Pollard's tone and is more elegant than the bassoon recording of this work ny Scott Pool. Also beautifully done are the middle movements of the Duettino with William Ludwig and the exquisite blending of the three bassoon sounds in the Divertissements.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014).



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Works Details

>Bozza, Eugène : Concertino for basson & orchestra, Op. 49
  • Performers: Damon Denton (Piano); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Bozza, Eugène : Nocturne-Danse
  • Performers: Damon Denton (Piano); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Bozza, Eugène : Duettino, for 2 bassoons
  • Performers: William Ludwig (Bassoon); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Bozza, Eugène : Recit, Sicillenne et Rondo, for bassoon & piano
  • Performers: Damon Denton (Piano); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Bozza, Eugène : Divertissements for 3 bassoons
  • Performers: Darrel Hale (Bassoon); William Ludwig (Bassoon); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Bozza, Eugène : Fantaisie for bassoon & piano
  • Performers: Damon Denton (Piano); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bozza, Eugène : Suite brève en trio, for oboe, clarinet & bassoon, Op. 67
  • Performers: D. McClellan (Clarinet); Reid Messich (Oboe); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Bozza, Eugène : Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon
  • Performers: Angela Jones-Reus (Flute); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Bozza, Eugène : Aria for Alto Saxophone
  • Performers: Damon Denton (Piano); Amy Pollard (Bassoon)
  • Notes: Ramsey Recital Hall at the University of Georgia (05/12/2014-05/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern