Iancu Dumitrescu
Program Notes

Composer Portraits: Iancu Dumitrescu

Regarding music as unrepeatable, Dumitrescu revises and adapts scores for each new performance and each...

Iancu Dumitrescu


Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8pm

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Iancu Dumitrescu stands at the forefront of one of the 20th century’s most invisible avant-gardes: the spectral composers of Romania. Operating on the margins of a regime committed to Socialist Realism, his microscopic explorations of acoustics draw on both Western techniques and local traditions: the folk music research of Béla Bartók, Eastern Orthodox chant, and Byzantine mysticism. The resulting compositions break apart sonic conventions. They reflect, in Dumitrescu’s words, “the attempt to release or unveil the god that is living in every piece of base matter.”

Part of a special series of concerts celebrating the music of Romania, including two Pop-Up Concerts on March 1 and March 3


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  • Cosmic Pulse (II) (2016) world premiere
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