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Anatol Vieru

biography

"Don't be afraid of banal ideas, for by nature you are bound to make something very complex out of them." 
Aram Khachaturian

1926 Born 8 June 1926 in Jassy, Romania
1946-49 Studies at the Academy of Music in Bucharest (professors: Leon Klepper, Paul Constantinescu, Constantin Silvestri among others)
1951-54 At the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow (Aram Khachaturian)
As of 1955 he passed all the degrees required for teaching at the Academy of Music Bucharest. In the 70s he institutes in Bucharest the "Musiques parallèles," a non-dogmatic series of concerts, including works by Lassus, Ives, Skriabin, Schoenberg, Varèse and Schnittke, to name a few.
1967 Summer courses in Darmstadt, Germany
1973-74 DAAD fellowship in West Berlin
1978 Doctor in Musicology (From Modes Towards a Model of the Intervalic Musical Thought)
1980 Cartea modurilor (The Book of Modes)
Lectures:
1968 USA: New York (Julliard School of Music) and Bronxville (Sarah Lawrence College)
1982-83 The Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem (on the Theory of Modes)
1984 Kongress Tonalität – Darmstadt, Sommerkurse (Modalism – A Third World, published 1985 in the American “Perspectives of New Music”)
1992 Universities in the US (U. of Chicago, Long Beach California, Seattle, New York) and Canada (Université Laval, Regina)/A Musical Theory for the Postmodern Period
1992-93 Composer-in-residence, New York University
The English version of The Book of Modes (with a second part, From Modes Towards Musical Time)
Cuvinte despre sunete (Words About Sounds)

His works were included in international concerts and festivals. He was a member of the Council of the Romanian Composers Union.

Prizes: "George Enescu" distinction, 1946 in Bucharest
Prix "Reine Marie José," 1962 in Geneva
"Koussevitzky Foundation," 1966 in Washington
The Prize of the Romanian Academy, 1967
"Herder Preis," 1986 in Vienna
Prizes of the Romanian Union of Composers, to name a few

Anatol Vieru died on 15 October 1998 in Bucharest.

His extensive Oeuvre includes all the musical genres: operas, orchestral works (also with solo instruments), choir and orchestra works, a cappella choir, works for multimedia and chamber music.

"Anatol Vieru is held in great esteem not only in Romania, but throughout the world. His multi-faceted and rich compositional oeuvre stands out because of its originality, high quality, innovations and tonal fantasy ...
As a representative of modalism, a novel modal technique that profits from experience with serial music, Vieru knows how to masterfully employ subtle mathematical processes in composing ...
Vieru is without a doubt a musical revolutionary. However, he refuses to be called an avant-gardist. This label carries within itself the danger of paralysis, and it is exactly that which runs decidedly counter to Vieru’s temperament. He has no intention of remaining behind, does not want to repeat himself, but rather to continually change and regenerate ...

Today we honor in Anatol Vieru a person who carries forward the great Eastern European tradition that has time and again understood how to influence the world’s musical culture in a decisive manner."  
Gottfried von Herder Prize, Vienna 1986

book tip
Valentina Sandu-Dediu: Rumänische Musik nach 1944.
Pfau-Verlag Berlin 2006
http://www.pfau-verlag.de


TRO-CD 01446

(Vol.1) - Anatol Vieru - Symphony no.6 "EXODUS" op.112 - Memorial op.118 - 19,00 €

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TRO-CD 01449

(Vol.2) - Anatol Vieru - Écran op.56 (1969/70) - Cello Concerto no.1 op.29 (1962) - Sonnenuhr op.52 (1968/70) - Jocuri op.56 (1963) - Symphony no.1 op.47 (1967) "Ode au Silence" -
19,99 €

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TRO-CD 01451

(Vol.3 & Vol.4) - Anatol Vieru - Symphony no.2 (1973) - Sinfonia concertante for Cello & Orchestra (1987) - Clepsidra II (1971) - Sinfonietta (1975) - Psalm (1993) - Symphony no.7 (1992/93) -
2 CDs - 24,00 €


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