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Popovici: Codex Caioni for strings and timpani, Op.33, No. 2
by composer Doru Popovici, performed by Orchestra de Camera a Filarmonicii 'George Enescu'
Doru Popovici (1932 to 2019) was a Romanian composer, musicologist, writer and academic. Ionel Doru Popovici was born on February 17th 1932 in Resita, Romania, a city close to the border of what was formerly Yugoslavia (now Serbia). His father was a counter-revolutionary surgeon (later assassinated in 1959), and he graduated from the Constantin Diaconovici Loga High School in Timisoara in 1950, in the same year deciding to pursue a musical career. He then moved to Bucharest, where he was admitted to the Ciprian Porumbescu Music Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1955 with a degree in composition. While there, he studied under Mihail Andricu, Mihail Jora and Paul Constantinescu in harmony, Martian Negrea in counterpoint, Theodor Rogalski in instrumentation and Zeno Vancea in music history. Popovici married Alina Musat (herself later a music teacher, musicologist and author) in 1966 and, starting in 1968, made regular trips to Darmstadt, Germany, to study modern composition technique with Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. In the same year, he became a member of SACEM, the French artists' rights association, and also started work as a music editor for the Romanian Radio Society. From 1970 to 1990, he was employed as a musical journalist by the Saptamina newspaper, guided by the writer Eugen Barbu. Since 1990, he had been a history of music professor at Spiru Haret University in Bucharest. Popovici's compositional works included "The Piano Sonata", "The Violin and Piano Sonata" and the "Wires Quartet", plus many lieds. In the Dodecaphonic style, he also composed "Mariana Pineda", "Prometheus", "Homage to Palestrina", "The Pigeons of Death", "August Night", the "Homage to Tuculescu" quintet, "Trio" (for violin, cello, piano), symphonies "No. 1" and "No. 2" and "Homage to Eminescu". One of his most notable post-Byzantine works, "Codex Caioni for strings and timpani, Op.33, No. 2", is featured here. In all, he wrote 33 books about the history of music, as well as novels, musician biographies and "blank verse" poems. Doru Popovici died in Bucharest on March 5th 2019. aged 87. [ Translated from: ]
Posted: 7th April 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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