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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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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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“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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