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Due Miniature Futili

Post was created on August 12th, 2017

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A fairly awkward listening, located at the border between laughable and tragic, giving you the choice to either contemplate what happens around or attempt to change something. The music of “Due miniature futili” (Two Futile Miniatures) obstinately draws upon Erik Satie’s carefully sought futility and reductionism. It also combines Webern’s ascetic conciseness with Kagel’s caustic…

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Farbige Glasscherben / Cioburi colorate

Post was created on January 27th, 2017

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EN RO Ich schrieb dieses Kammer Miniatur für ein eterogenes Sextett spät im das Herbst von 2015, für einen akademischen Musikkompositionswettbewerb, dessen Deadline verpasste ich schließlich. Für Violine, Viola, Violoncello, Oboe, Fagott und Schlagzeug (ein Spieler), hat es Wurzeln im Unterhalt mit “Survival Exercises“, meinen Studien für Solo Fagott und Elektronik — ein Musikalish Gedanke…

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Survival Exercices

Post was created on April 23rd, 2016

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Musings for basoon solo Această pagină are și o versiune în limba română. The first version of the Survival Exercises (2013) — never published, nor presented to the public — was born in sheer frustration, in times where the utter vaingloriousness of a seemingly prosper, but purposeless mundane existence brought my creative self on the…

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Oblivion

Post was created on May 3rd, 2015

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Oblivion is a choreographic miniature I composed in the spring of 2015. Initially, I wrote this music for two pianos, and then reworked it for a small chamber ensemble — a trio of clarinet, percussion (one percussionist) and piano. The music relies on the concept of oblivion, a certain state of mental blankness or unconsciousness….

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Cântări din Valea Plângerii

Post was created on February 25th, 2015

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Cântări din Valea Plângerii (Chants From the Valley of Sighs) is a suite for pipe organ solo that I wrote in early 2015, in response to a composition challenge/competition coming from the Music Academy Gheorghe Dima of Cluj. It builds upon the Christian concept of regarding life as a mere preparation for a better one…

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“Racul, broasca și știuca” / Cancer, Frog & Pike

Post was created on October 19th, 2013

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Racul, broasca și știuca (Cancer, Frog and Pike) is a piano solo suite inspired by a fable written in the nineteen century by the Romanian poet Alecu Donici. Unfaithful to the plot, or narrative of the fable, my music gives a vigorously humorous treat to each character, picking the most representative feature of each one:…

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“Cântec de trecere” / Funeral song

Post was created on August 14th, 2013

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I recently wrote a Bb clarinets trio, and did my best with some accompanying video art too. This is a rather austere music, trimmed down to its very substance, sober and severe, as was the sad fact that inspired me to write it. The four sections of the piece illustrate, respectively, birth, youth, maturity and…

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“Muzica surzilor” / Deafs Music

Post was created on October 7th, 2012

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This is a contemporary style piano composition I wrote in the late autumn of 2012. There are three sections, each scored in a different part of a public garden in Bucharest (the Herastrau park). I did not have access to a piano while composing the music, thus the title, Deafs Music. I was pretty happy…

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“Prosthetic Light” / Proteză de lumină

Post was created on March 12th, 2012

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“Prosthetic Light” is an electronic composition I created in 2011. The music makes use of a combinatorial software I wrote specifically for this piece. I wrapped the resulting material around a pensive piano improvisation, which I recorded in one take. I ended up with an interesting mix of two different worlds, as I thoroughly manufactured…

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“Prayer of Saint Ephrem of Syria”

Post was created on June 15th, 2011

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This is a polyphonic piece for male choir I wrote against the text of the The Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian, a capital Orthodox Christian prayer used with emphasis during the Great Lent. The music combines Byzantine modes with classical Western forms, such as the fugue or the ciaccona, and employs an incidental harmony…

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“Florile Dalbe” (White Flowers)

Post was created on December 15th, 2008

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  The lyrics of this ancient Romanian carol suggest that it pre-existed Christianity — as it is quite uncommon to a Romanian carol not to mention a thing about our Lord Jesus’ birth. If I’m not mistaken, this could mean it has survived for about two thousand years! Arranging such an old tune, intimidates me…

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“The newsman” (Collage)

Post was created on May 23rd, 2008

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  “What’s happening? Things are only supposed to fall on the Newsman!” — Kermit, The Muppet Show This collage includes other authors’ work. Therefore, I cannot grant you the right to use it commercially.

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“Good Nightmare, Darling” (Collage)

Post was created on May 12th, 2008

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Dreadful track, meant to serve as stage music in the choreographic show “A Stroll in the Air” by Georgiana Bobocel — the nightmare scene. The music is a collage weaved around György Ligeti, Yann Tiersen and Philip Glass’ music, stuffed with bizarre, yet thoughtful sounds and noises, reminding of childhood and sleeping — thus, reminding…

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Zbor / Flight

Post was created on April 14th, 2008

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“[The sky] enveloped me, enveloped all the objects, the walls, and was almost palpable, almost velvet, blue; the deeper and denser the blue of the sky became, the more it could be perceived through the sense of touch… My euphoria became enormous, inhuman. I breathed the air and it was as if I were swallowing…

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“O, brave new world!”

Post was created on May 4th, 2006

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“O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in it!” — William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I (Miranda) A mix of “musique concrète”, pure electronics and generative content, “O, brave new World!” is a dystopian track built around the idea…

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“Goodbye, Tango” (Collage)

Post was created on April 28th, 2006

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"I fear that in going global, tango will lose its identity and cease to belong to the Rio de la Plata" — Anita Monteagudo, director of the “Tango Brujo” dance academy. Short sequence of a longer collage, which initially also included a significant portion of Gotan Project’s music from their first album. Produced in 2006,…

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Ambalaj pentru suflet

Post was created on November 8th, 2005

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Elaborate collage, which puts together rather small chunks of music made by György Ligeti, Osvaldo Golijov, John Dowland — and even smaller, unidentifiable bits from others’ creation — in a wayward, yet meaningful manner. I produced this track in 2005-2006 in response to my (then) girlfriend Georgiana Bobocel, who had an idea of a choreographic…

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“Smokin’ Makes You Soft”

Post was created on August 3rd, 2005

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  “(…) As for men, cigarette smoking can decrease both the quality and quantity of spermatozoa and can cause erectile dysfunction (a consistent inability to sustain a penile erection sufficient for sexual intercourse).” – Panayiotis M. Zavos, Cigarette Smoking and Sexual Health, July 1, 2000 A unique temporal mark was assigned to this work of…

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“FrozeScape”

Post was created on June 24th, 2005

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  “The ribbons of ice are formed by super cooled water penetrating through the stems of the plant and freezing in the colder air when they encounter an ice crystal. The water continues to move up the stems to feed the growing ribbons of ice. Something similar must happen in dead pieces of wood to…

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“As Birds Sang His Requiem”

Post was created on April 12th, 2005

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  By fists and feet he strove toward the heights. Cubit by cubit, nail by nail: higher, forever higher. By pointed rocks and keen, the fierce mountain fought: insidiously, cut by cut and breach by breach. As his wounded hand grasp the final ridge, the bleeding twilight blossomed in his face. The myriad of birds…

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“She Shall Be Called Woman”

Post was created on May 14th, 2002

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  “The man said, `This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.`” — Genesis 2:23, New American Standard Bible, 1995 A unique temporal mark was assigned to this work of creation, according to Romanian and European Union regulations. This…

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“Childish Play”

Post was created on June 1st, 2001

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  “Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.” – Johann F. von Schiller, 1759–1805 A unique temporal mark was assigned to this work of creation, according to Romanian and European Union regulations. This effectivelly guarantees its copyrighted status – please, do not attempt a fraud.

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“Dies Irae”

Post was created on February 1st, 2001

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  “Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) is a thirteenth century Latin hymn thought to be written by Thomas of Celano (1200 – c. 1265). (…) The poem describes the day of judgment, the last trumpet summoning souls before the throne of God, where the saved will be delivered and the unsaved cast into eternal flames.”…

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