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Ciortea, Tudor

Viorel Cosma

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Braşov, 28 Nov/Dec 10, 1903; d Bucharest, Oct 13, 1982). Romanian composer. He studied in Braşov with Gheorghe Dima, Rudolf Lassel, and Paul Richter, in Cluj with Ilie Sibianu, in Brussels with Joseph Jongen, and in Paris with Imbert, Dukas, and Boulanger. Upon his return to Romania, he graduated from the Bucharest Conservatory in composition under the guidance of Ion Nonna Otescu, where he worked as a professor of harmony and then of musical analysis from 1949 to 1973. Something of an intellectual, he amassed a considerable knowledge of compositional techniques, which he only put into practice in his own work at the age of 42. He primarily composed chamber music (including 4 quartets, a quintet for brass instruments, and an octet); at the same time, his balanced sensibility found a fertile ground in the genre of the lied. More ample works were composed, both symphonic and vocal-symphonic. The connection between his compositions and folklore (especially Transylvanian) is special, reflecting a new stage in Romanian composition when the folk basis subtly permeates the structure of discourse, in the stylized rhythmical-melodic substance and in open harmony; in the case of Ciortea, this was not only the diatonic modal works (like in ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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