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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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“Free” Rhythm in Romanian Music. From Parlando-rubato to Heterophony


“Free” Rhythm in Romanian Music.From Parlando-rubato to Heterophony

Diana-Beatrice AndronDepartment of Theoretical Music Studies“George Enescu” University of Arts IaşiHoria 7–9, Iaş


In its entirety, Romanian music of oral tradition is essentially centered on the monodic archetype, a virtual phenomenon integrating the diversity and multiplicity of sonorous events. Based on it, with or without being “dependent” on folkloric quotation, many Romanian composers have assimilated and refined the characteristics of improvisational-doina-like style, developing monodic structures of high sonorous amplitude, by which they have managed to shape the temporal matrix of major heterophonic developments. This study aims to identify the most significant and substantial connections linking an archaic musical phenomenon – “free”, parlando-rubato-like rhythm – with the world of twentieth century Romanian composition in order to show how complex multivocal phenomena, such as heterophony, are born. Our demonstration is based on a wealth of musical examples drawn from different anthologies of genuine local folk music and representative scores of contemporary Romanian composers (George Enescu, Ştefan Niculescu, Vasile Herman, Myriam Marbe, Mihai Moldovan, Dan Voiculescu, Nicolae Brînduş, Doina Rotaru).


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