Precursors and Parallels
Program Notes

Composer Portraits: Iancu Dumitrescu

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

Precursors and Parallels


Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 6pm

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Miller Theatre celebrates the groundbreaking avant-garde of Eastern Europe with a series of two Pop-Up Concerts in conjunction with a Composer Portrait featuring Iancu Dumitrescu.

This Pop-Up celebrates a number of groundbreaking composers whose work weaves together the musical traditions of Romania with international influences—especially the use of mathematics in acoustic exploration. It traces the development of spectral music from George Enescu to Stefan Niculescu to his student Horatiu Radulescu, as well as the parallel explorations of Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis. Their groundbreaking compositions exemplify the driving power of this under-explored compositional style.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Part of a special series of concerts celebrating the music of Romania, including an additional Pop-Up Concert on March 3 and a Composer Portrait on March 5



  • Field recording by Bartók Bucium (1915)
  • Ana-Maria Avram Chiaroscuro (2010/15) US premiere
  • George Enescu Carillons nocturnes (1913-1916)
  • Iancu Dumitrescu Gnosis I & II (2016) World premiere
  • 7th c. anon./Dometian (13th c.)/A. Pann (13th c.) Byzantine musics arr. Dumitrescu
  • Iancu Dumitrescu Diamonds in the Rough (2016)