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Piccola Fanfara

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (02/26/18)
Composer: Bossi, Marco Enrico
Sample Producer: Voxus Virtual Organs
Sample Set: Stahlhuth/Jann - Dudelange
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early 20th century
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.

"Piccola Fanfara" (Little Fanfare) showcases the fine Trompette harmonique 8’ of the Récit. It appears in a sort of dialogue with the Flutes 8', 4', 2 2/3' of the Grand Orgue.

I found this piece entirely by accident, but I think it is a delightful example of a Bossi miniature, and really shows the reed stop excellently!

The score is attached below, as well as several photos of Marco Enrico Bossi, and of Como Cathedral, where he served and is interred.

Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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