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Musical Romania and the Neighbouring Cultures

Traditions – Influences – Identities- Proceedings of the International Musicological Conference- July 4–7 2013, Iaşi (Romania)


Edited By Laura Vasiliu, Florin Luchian and Loredana Iatesen

This book represents the volume of the International Musicological Conference «Musical Romania and Neighbouring Cultures. Traditions, Influences, Identities», which took place in Iaşi (Romania) and was organised by the George Enescu University of Arts Iaşi in collaboration with the International Musicological Society. The volume includes 35 papers of 38 authors who represent academic centres in Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania. The diverse topics include ancient Romanian, Balkan or East-European music, music iconography, Byzantine and folkloristic traditions, as well as modern and contemporary music. The articles propose theoretical and methodological documentation on the interactions between liturgical, folkloric and academic works within this multicultural space.
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Sabin Păutza – Sinfonietta (divertimento for orchestra), a Stylistic Melting Pot


Anca LeahuDepartment of Theoretical Music Studies“George Enescu” University of Arts IaşiStr. Horia 7–9, Iaş


Situated at the border between symphony and divertimento, Sinfonietta by Sabin Pautza consists of four movements that adorn a classic architecture with a modern sound having jazz influences. The composer resorts to neoclassical constructions that are emancipated by means of a complex, combinatorial and unprecedented approach. The tonal and modal language generates thematic structures, and the classical orchestral typology that the composer chooses is completed and coloured by instruments specific to jazz such as those in the percussion section or the electric guitar, the bass guitar and the alto saxophone. Very often, these instruments come to assimilate the theme, suggesting and projecting it by their very presence.


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