Romanze for Viola or Cello and Piano.
Bossi composed his Romanze in 1894. He set it for either Viola or Violoncello and Piano. It is quite effective in both versions. This gorgeous work is full of long-lined melodies. It remains calm and reflective and could well have been called a Notturno.
Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925) was born in Sal˛, a town in Lombardy, into a family of musicians. His father was organist at Sal˛ Cathedral. He studied organ, piano and composition at the conservatories in Bologna and Milan. Among his teachers was Amilcare Ponchielli. Bossi enjoyed a career as an organ soloist but also as a music educator. He became a professor of organ and harmony at the Naples Conservatory, later serving as director of the conservatories in Venice, Bologna and Rome. He was responsible for establishing and implementing the standards of organ studies that are still used in Italy today. As a concert organist, he made numerous international organ recital tours, which brought him in contact with well-known colleagues such as CÚsar Franck and Camille Saint-SaŰns.