Eugène Bozza (Nice, 1905 Valenciennes, 1991) was a brilliant student at the Paris Conservatoire, winning First Prizes for the violin (1924), conducting (1930), composition (1934), as well as the Grand Prix de Rome.
He conducted the orchestra of the Opera-Comique until 1948; he then became Head of the Conservatoire in Valenciennes.
His works include several operas, ballets, large-scale symphonic and choral works.
But his worldwide reputation is derived mainly for his many chamber works, written for various instrumental formations with a preference for wind instruments.
Eugène Bozza's works reveal melodic fluency, elgance of structure and a consistently sensitive concern for instrumental capabilitiesAmong his most famous works include "En Foret" for horn and piano and his work for saxophone and "Aria".Bozza's Aria was written originally for saxophone but has been transposed for clarinet or trumpet.