Soir dans les Montagnes
(Evening in the Mountains)
Composed by Eugene Bozza (1905-1991)
For flute and piano
Published by Alphonse Leduc
no editor listed | no exact date; copyright 1954
Having won many prizes at the Paris Conservatoire during the 1920s-1930s, Eugène Bozza went on to conduct the orchestra of the Opéra-Comique and to become Head of the Conservatoire in Valenciennes. As a major figure on the classical music frontline, Bozza's compositions were well-received by audiences, Evening in the Mountains for Flute and Piano being no exception.
This Bozza piece for Flute is characteristically French, with lyrical and graceful melodies, displays of the beautiful, lower register of the Flute and fast, flourishing semiquaver passages, accompanied by spread chords and staccato in the Piano. As music educationalist, Paul Griffiths has written of Bozza's compositions, “his works reveal melodic fluency, elegance of structure and a consistenly sensitive concern of instrumental capabilities.”