Archives for February2013

Irina Niţu

Irina Niţu was born in 1982, Iaşi, Romania. She teaches piano classes and music theory at Mozartinno School in Bucharest. Before arriving here, she was collaborating editor at SRR, the National Broadcasting Radio in Bucharest (2005-2010) and a piano teacher at Dinu Lipatti National College of Music, Bucharest (2006-2010).

Her activity and interest in contemporary music is shown in several studies and analyzes published in Muzica Magazine, Actualitatea Muzicală, cimec.ro., No14PlusMinus, Contemporania. Her Batchelor degree in Musicology (2005), Master (2006) and Ph.D (2011) received from National University of Music, Bucharest are all based on contemporary musical aspects. In 2003 she obtained a Socrate-Erasmus scholarship at Universidade de Aveiro, Departamento de Comunicação e Arte, Aveiro, Portugal; she was awarded with First Prize at Musicological contest George Breazul, Bucharest, 2005 and collaborated with Parisian publishing house Nova Musica. She was a jury member in regional piano contests (Reşiţa, 2008), and she has an intense activity as a concert presenter (Bucharest, Timisoara, Resita, Busteni). 

Musicology Today

Created in 2010, Musicology Today is the first music journal that publishes all its material in English or  German. An impressive editorial staff, led by Valentina Sandu-Dediu, propose a different theme for each issue and collect the most interesting studies from all around the world. Musicology Today is a project initiated by the National University of Music in Bucharest.

Publishing scientific works nowadays without offering them an international recognition means to continue leaving the Romanian musicology aside. Romanian historiography, lexicography, musical analysis, estethics, ethnomusicology, byzantinology have produced through time several important writings, some of these being very useful information sources today. The effervescence of the present obliges though not only to research and publish for a handful of Romanian specialists, but to a much widerspread  visibility and  circulation of the musicology researches.

This is the reason for which the musicologist Valentina Sandu-Dediu proposed in 2010 an online quarterly, placed under the academic cover of the National  University of  Music Bucharest. The main purpose of this journal is to reflect what is new in the  musicology  research: either new topics or new perspectives on musics from the past. Musicology Today seeks therefore relevant studies and articles for the actual state of musicology, with its specific tools, also involving an important amount of artistic intuition.

Official website, HERE.

Facebook page, HERE.

No 12/2012

Vasile Iliuţ

Vasile Iliuţ (1933-2004) was born on the 12th of October, in the village of Rasinari, close to the town of Sibiu. He graduated music pedagogy (1964) and composition (1967) at the National University of Music in Bucharest (at that time, the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory). During his years of study, he won many important prizes. He participated in the 4th European Seminar if Early Music in Bruges, where he studied with Saford Cape. He also studied with Erich Schenck, professor at the Musikwissenschaftliches Institut der Universitat Wien. He taught Music Literature and Music History at the University of Music in Bucharest from 1964-2004. He was Secretary of the Musicology Department and, since1996, Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Music Pedagogy. During the years 1977-2004 he led and guided more than 300 papers (diploma level in university education) and over 40 doctoral works in higher education. Vasile Iliut defended his PhD dissertation in 1992, under the title of Composition and folk music in the XX century (advisor, Octavian Lazar-Cosma). He published many papers, courses, musicological studies and held many conferences.

Books: Universal Music History (XIX-XX) (collaboration with Prof. Ovidiu Varga and lecturer Ioanna Stefanescu),”Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1960-1972;  From Wagner to Contemporary, 5 volumes: Tome I: German and Austrian music in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1984; Tome II: National Music Cultures in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century:”Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory, Bucharest, 1986; Tome III: Current Trends and Non-Romantics of the End of the Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth Century: Editura Muzicala, Bucharest, 1997 (awarded with the Prize of the Romanian Composers’ Union, 1997); Tome IV: National Musical Cultures in Twentieth Century Music: Editura Muzicala,  Bucharest, 1998; Tome V: Heterogeneous Cultures in Twentieth Century Music: Editura Muzicala, Bucharest , 2001; A Book of Musical Styles, 2 volumes: Tome I: From Antiquity to Classical Music Style: Academy Publishing, 1997 (awarded the prize of the Romanian Union of Composers on Musicologists, 1997); Tome II: From Romantic Music Styles to Modern and Contemporary Styles. [Manuscript, editing in progress].

Studies: “Reflections on Contemporary Romanian Music, Viewed through the Prism of Tradition and Innovation”, Cercetari de muzicologie, no. 3/1971. 3/1971; “Contemporary Axiology in Romanian Music”, Forum, no. 8/1976; “The Dynamics of Professional Music in Romania”, Forum, no. 5/1978; “Arnold Schoenberg – Painter”, Studii de muzicologie, no.XVI/1981; “Romanian Views on the Age of Music”, SPMD Artistc Bulletin, no. 1-2/1985; “Victor Giuleanu at 80”, Muzica, no 4/1994.

Website, HERE.

 

Speranţa Rădulescu

Speranta Radulescu is senior researcher in ethnomusicology, at the Peasant Museum and at the National University of Music in Bucharest. She was born in Buzau, 1949 and she graduated in musical composition (1967-1973) with a doctor’s degree in musicology (1984). She worked first with the Ethnography and Folklore Institute and later with the Peasant Museum in Bucharest. Her very wide research field involves the classification and typology of Romanian peasant music, folk harmonization, the music of the Roma from Romania, new musics (pan-Balkan fusion, world music), the musical reflection of the Romanian social-political structure and ideology, media musics and minorities’ musics (Hungarian, Ukrainian, Jewish, Roma, Aromanian). She edited traditional music records and series of records (in Romania, Switzerland, France, USA, Germany), published five books (one of which, À tue tête. Chant et violon dans le pays de l’Oach, RoumanieOut Loud. Songs and Violins in the Land of Oas, Romania, with French researchers Bernard Lortat-Jacob and Jacques Bouët, was released in Paris, and afterwords published in Romania), and a  small book dedicated to the musicians of the Gypsy band Le taraf des Haidouks (Eng. Outlaws) – Hopa tropa Europa. She organized traditional music concerts in Romania and abroad. Since 2005, she is Associate Professor at the National University of Music in Bucharest.

Speranta Radulescu is member of the Romanian Composers’ Union (member of the Musicology Dept. since 1979), the French Ethnomusicology Society and ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music). Among her many awards, she received the Romanian Academy Award (1987), the Romanian Interpreters’ Union Award (1994), the Excellence Price of the review „Formula As” (2002) and the “Cultural Merit” medal, Ist class (2004). She was nominated for the “Preis der Deutschen Shallplattenkritik”, for the CD    “Gypsy Music from  Central Transylvania” (Ethnophonie 007) and for the CD “festive Musics of the Jews from the Botosani Region” (Ethnophonie 012). In 2005 she was awarded the Price “Coup de coeur” of the Charles Cros Academy (France) for the first ten records of the collection “Ethnophonie” and, in 2006, the “Preis des Deutschen Shallplatten Kritik” for the CD “The Aromanians of Andon Poçi: Songs and Stories / Albania” (Ethnophonie 012)

Extensive works: Taraful şi acompaniamentul în muzica de joc / The Folk Band and the harmonic accompaniment in the dance music, Bucureşti , Ed.Muzicală, 1984; Cîntecul liric. Tipologie muzicală / The Lyrical Song. Musical Typology, Bucureşti, Ed. Muzicală, 1990;  Peisaje muzicale in Romania secolului XX /Musical Landscapes in 20th Century Romania, Bucureşti, Ed. Muzicală, 2002; À tue tete. Chant et violon au Pays d’Oach, Roumanie, Nanterre, Société d’ethnologie, 2002 (in cooperation with Bernard Lortat-Jacob and Jacques Bouët) (translated and published also in Romania, Din răsputeri. Glasuri şi cetere din Ţara Oaşului, Institutul cultural român, 2006); Taifasuri despre muzica tiganeasca/Chats about Gypsy Music, Bucuresti, Ed. Paideia, 2004; Ethnophonie series of records (22 CDs with booklets, 23 cassettes), 1992-2012, Bucureşti, Muzeul Ţăranului.

She produced 16 CDs with Romanian traditional music, published in different countries (France, USA, Switzerland, Germany). She has written more than one hundred articles published in Romania and abroad (France, Bulgaria, Check Republik, Croatia, Germany, Greece, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA) and she was involved in more than one  hundred radio broadcasts for the Romanian Broadcast Society.