Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925).

  • Profession: Composer.
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  • Relation to Mahler: The composition “Intermezzi Goldoniani for string orchestra” from Bossi was the last performed by Gustav Mahler at Gustav Mahlers’ last concert: 1911 Concert New York 21-02-1911 (Last concert conducted by Gustav Mahler)
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  • Born: 25-04-1861 Salo, Italy.
  • Died: 20-02-1925 at sea, returning from America.
  • Buried: Como, Italy.

Marco Enrico Bossi was an Italian organist, composer, improviser and pedagogue. Bossi 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, which has a one-manual organ built by Fratelli Serassi from 1865 (opus 684), which was restored in 2000/2001. He had two brothers, Costante Adolfo Bossi and Pietro Bossi.

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. His notable pupils included Giulio Bas, Giacomo Benvenuti, Giorgio Federico Ghedini, and Gian Francesco Malipiero.

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. 

Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925) playing at a recording session at the Welte-Philharmonie-Orgel, 1912.

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