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Siciliana (Stile antico), Op. 74, No. 2

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (10/21/12)
Composer: Bossi, Marco Enrico
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Romantic
Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925) was born in Salò, a town in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, into a family of musicians. His father, Pietro, was organist at Salò Cathedral.

He received his musical training at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna and the Milan Conservatory, where his teachers included Francesco Sangalli (piano), Amilcare Ponchielli (composition) and Polibio Fumagalli (organ).

In 1881, Bossi became director of music and organist at Como Cathedral. Nine years later, he was appointed as professor of organ and harmony at Naples Conservatory. In addition, he held directorships at conservatories in Venice (1895-1901), Bologna (1902-1911) and Rome (1916-1923), where he established and implemented the standards of organ studies that are still used in Italy today. Throughout his career, Bossi made numerous international organ recital tours, which brought him in contact with well-known colleagues such as César Franck, Marcel Dupré, Alexandre Guilmant, Joseph Bonnet, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles M. Courboin, and Karl Straube.

In November 1924, Bossi embarked on a recital tour to New York and Philadelphia, where he made important appearances at Wanamaker's department stores in New York and in Philadelphia, where he played the Wanamaker Organ, the world's largest pipe organ. Bossi died unexpectedly at sea while returning from the United States on February 20, 1925, and was interred at Como.

The "Siciliana" (Stile antico) is, as the title implies, written in the old-fashioned manner. Basically it is a trio, using the Oboe of the Swell against the 8' Lieblich of the Choir.

Bossi wrote many large and virtuosic compostions, as well as many minatures. This piece, like many of this work, has an "unusual aspect" to it, and it's quite an "individual" piece, despite size of it.

This performance actually resulted from my doing a "hearing test" for myself. I'm having so many problems, and am struggling terribly...

Please keep me in your thoughts.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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