CONTEMPORARY ROMANIAN MUSICIANS
Nicolae BRÂNDUȘ, composer

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Nicolae BRINDUS [BRANDUS]

– Composer –

ARTISTIC BIOGRAPHY

Born on 1935 in Bucharest.

STUDIES: M.A. – National University of Music in Bucharest, where he studied piano (1952-1957) and composition (1960-1964). He attended the Summer Courses of New Music, Darmstadt (1969, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980) and Aix-en-Provence (1979). Doctor in Musicology (1981) at the Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca with the dissertation "Bases of a formalized analysis of the musical language". He worked with the Group of Musical Research at IRCAM-Paris (1985).

PROFFESIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Piano soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Ploiesti (1969-1969). Lecturer (Chamber Music) at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1969-1981). Editor at the Muzica Review, Bucharest (since 1981). Professor of Chamber Music at the National University of Music in Bucharest (1992-2005). Scientific doctoral coordinator in National Music University in Bucharest (since 1998). Consultant Professor  (since 2005).
Member of the Romanian Composers' and Musicologists' Union in Bucharest. Member of the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM) Paris. Member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) between 1991-1993. President of the Romanian Section of the ISCM (1994-2002). His musical works were performed in the most important cities of Romania and abroad (Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Germany, USA, France, Belgium, Holland, Great Britain, Greece, Bulgaria, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Albania, Slovenia, Macedonia, Israel a.s.o. He has contributed articles, studies, essays in music in various cultural journals; he sustained, as visiting composer, lectures about New Music in the USA, Germany, Israel, Greece, Hong-Kong, Taiwan a.s.o.

PRIZES: The Cultural Merit, Bucharest: 1969. Honourable Mention in the "Prince Pierre de Monaco International Competition": 1973. The Prize of the Romanian Composers' and Musicologists' Union: 1974, 2002, 2005. The Prize of the Romanian Radio and Television for Opera and Vocal-Symphonic Music: 1975, 1977. The Prize "George Enescu" of the Romanian Academy: 1977. The Diploma of the National Theatre Festival for the spectacle "Bizarmonia": 1999, Bucharest. Officer of the Cultural Merit: 2004, Bucharest.

RECORDINGS
CD MVCD 063, UCMR-ADA, 2003. Nicolae Brânduș: (Dialogos – Concerto nr.1 for piano and orchestra, National Radio Orchestra – conductor Cristian Brâncuși, soloist Cristian Niculescu; Mam'sell Hus – cantata, Philharmonic orchestra "Moldova" – Iași, conductor Ion Baciu, soloists: Ion Budoiu, Pompei Hărășteanu, Lucian Marinescu; Concerto nr.2 for piano & orchestra, Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra–conductor Cristian Brâncuși, soloist Inna Oncescu).
CD UCMR-ADA nr. 4 AF232508158, Muzica 2001. Nicolae Brânduș "Ars Inventia" (2004): Match II for Ars Nova (Cluj); Cantus Firmus I, II & III, Soliloque I și IV (Groups: Musica Nova Bucharest, 3+ Bucharest, WMW Warsaw, Hyperion & Traiect Bucharest).
CD UCMR-ADA nr. 6AF12250453, Star Media Music. Nicolae Brânduș "Chamber Music" (2006): Seven Psalms (Vasile Micu baritone, Nicolae Brânduș piano), Ostinato (Cristian Niculescu piano), Vagues (Musica Nova București), Bowstring (Diana Moș violin), Kitsch-N (Florian Popa Clarinetto).
CD UCMR-ADA nr. R10AF033006128, Star Media Music. Nicolae Brânduș "Symphonic Music" (2010): Phtora I (Romanian National Radio Orchestra, conductor Emanuel Elenescu), Rhythmodia (Doru Roman percussion), Tubulatures (French Flutes Orchestra, conductor Pierre Alain Biget), SINEUPHONIA I (Romanian National Radio Orchestra, conductor Cristian Brâncuși). sus

CREATION (selection)

SYMPHONIC MUSIC WITH/WITHOUT SOLOIST(S):
Phtora I – Durations for "n" orchestral groups (1968)
Duration: 15' 30''
First performance: 10 May 1973: Bucharest, Romanian Radiotelevision Orchestra (conducted by Emanuel Elenescu)
Instruments: 3(2), 3(1), 3(2), 3(2); 4, 3, 3, 1; mrb., xlb., vibr., sil., camplli; 2 org. el., pf., arpa; perc.I – timp., w.block, mrc., cst., sonagli, trgl., ptti; perc.II – t-tam, gong, ptti, t-rino; perc.III – 3 t-tom, gr. c., c-ci, trgl., ptti; strings
Recorded: Bucharest, UCMR ADA OA 1036, 2000
Antiphonia – for string chamber orchestra (1971)
Duration: 11'
First performance: May 1971: Zagreb Biennale for Contemporary Music, Chamber Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca (conducted by Mircea Cristescu)
Instruments: 9 v-ni, 4 v-le, 3 v-celli, 2 cb
Recorded: Bucharest, ELECTRECORD ST-ECE 02947, 1984
Match II – Monodie I & Polyphony IV for chamber orchestra & tapes (1973)
Duration: 18' 45''
First performance: September 1973: Festival "Warsaw Autumn" by Ars Nova chamber orchestra of Cluj-Napoca (conducted by Cornel Taranu)
Instruments: Version I: music for tape, folkloric colages, 2 perc.; rag., w-block, cst., ptti, frusta, t-tam, sonagli, mrc. Version II: fl., ob., cl. (cl. bas), fg. (c-fg.), trp., trb., corn, horn, pf., arpa, 2 perc. (usualy); strings; tape (version I)
Recorded: Bucharest, ELECTRECORD ST-ECE 02947, 1984; Bucharest, Muzica 2001, CD--4AF232508158, 2004
– concerto I for piano & orchestra (1978)
Duration: 26'
First performance: May 1979, "Moldova" Philharmonic of Iasi (conducted by Ion Baciu, soloist Serban Dimitrie Soreanu)
Instruments: 2+1, 2+1, 2+1, 2+1; 4, 3, 3, 1; 4 timp., 3t-tom, 2 t-tam, tamb., picc., tamb. Mil., 4 bgs, 3 t-block, 3 w-block, 4 c-cci, 2 trgl., rag., mrc., cst., frusta, guiro, 3 ptti, gong, camplli, camp., vibr., mrb., cel. (8-10 perc.); arpa; strings; piano solo
Recorded: Bucharest, ADA-UCMR 03L065030, 2003 (National Radio Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Brancusi, soloist Cristian Niculescu)
* Score (first page)
Second Concerto for piano & orchestra (1993)
Duration: 29'
First performance: 1995: Chisinau, Festival of New Music, Philharmonic Orchestra of Chisinau (conducted by Valentin Doni, soloist Inna Oncescu)
Instruments: 2, 2, 2, 2; 4, 2, 2, 1; 4 timp., perc. 1, 2; strings; piano solo
Recorded: Bucharest, ADA-UCMR 03L065030, 2003 (Radio Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Brancusi, soloist Inna Oncescu)
SIN EU PHONIA I – symphony for tapes, 2 organs & orchestra (1986-1987)
Duration: 32'
First performance: April 1994: Chisinau, Festival of New Music, Philharmonic Orchestra of Chisinau (conducted by Dorel Pascu-Radulescu)
Instruments: 2+1, 2+1, 2+1, 2+1; 4, 3, 3, 1; 4 timp., perc.1, 2, 3; organos 1, 2; strings; tape
Recorded: Bucharest: National Radio Orchestra (conducted by Cristian Brâncuşi)
European Parody (2000)
Duration: 11'
First performance: Oct. 2000: Timisoara, "Banatul" Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Remus Georgescu)
Instruments: 3333; 4 3331; 3perc.; strings
Tubulatures – for flute's orchestra (2003)
Duration: 15'
First performance: 8 March 2003: – by the OFF (French Flutes' Orchestra) conducted by Pierre Alain Biget
Instruments: 6 fl. picc, 6 flutes in C, 5 flutes in G, 5 bass flutes, 2 octobass flutes
* Score (pages 1-2)

MUSIC FOR THE STAGE
Logodna (The Betrothal) – opera-pantomime based on the poem "The Ghosts" by Mihai Eminescu (1964-1966)
Duration: 45'
First performance: 9 January 1975: Bucureşti, by the Radio Studio Orchestra (conducted by Ludovic Bacs)
Instruments: Orchestra I – 2(1), 2(1), 2(1), 2(1); 4, 3, 3, 1; organo; strings; mixed choir, soloists: soprano, tenor, bariton; narator, tape. Orchestra II: 2(1),1(1), 2(1), 2(1); 4,2,2,1; arpa, sil., camplli, 4 c-cci, 3 legno; 4 t-tom, timp., t-tam, gong, 2 ptti, t-rino, gr. c., tamb. picc., 2 mrcs., strings; mixed choir; solo sopran; tape. Orchestra III: 2(1),1,2,2(1); 4,2,2,1; arpa, vibr., sil., camplli, timp., 4 c-cci, 3 legno, 4 t-tom, t-rino, t-tam, gong, 2 ptti; strings; mixed choir; solo sopran; tape
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1981
La Tigănci (With the Gypsy Girls) opera based on Mircea Eliade the short story (1978-1985)
Duration: 1H 40'
First performance: 19 June 1987: Bucureşti, by the Radio Studio Orchestra & Chorus (conducted by Ludovic Bacs; chorus conductor Aurel Grigoras; Percution Ensemble of Cluj-Napoca conducted by Grigore Pop)
Instruments: 2, 2, 2, 2; 4, 2, 2, 1; arpa; 2 pianos; perc. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; strings; mixed choir; voices: bariton, bass, bariton, tenor, mezzo-soprano, alto, soprano; 3 ballet dancers
Recorded: Bucharest: ELECTRECORD ST-ECE 03528/03529, 1988
Tarr & Fether – opera based on the story The system of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by E. A. Poe (2003-2009)
Kitsch-N – instrumental theatre for clarinetto (flute or saxophone) & tapes (1974)
Duration: 18'
First performance: September 1979: Festival "Warsaw Autumn" (Florian Popa clarinetto)
Recorded: Bucharest: ELECTRECORD ST-ECE 01693, 1980
Infrarealism – instrumental theatre for clarinetto, piano & voice based on the Ion Barbu poem (1975)
Duration: 17'
First performance: September 1981: Festival "Warsaw Autumn" (Florian Popa – clarinetto; Cristian Mihăilescu – voice, Tatiana Popa – piano, Octavian Greavu – stage manager)
* Score (pages 1-4)
Languir me fais – instrumental theatre for 1 percussionist on folk verses (1979)
Duration: 15'
First performance: 1981: Cluj-Napoca (Grigore Pop – percution)
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1986
Prolegomene I, II & III "Danila Prepeleac" – instrumental theatre for tenor & piano or for bas & contrabasso (doublebass) and clarinetto bass based on a text adapted from Ion Creanga (1981-1995)
Duration: 16'
Ouvedennerode – instrumental theatre for sax contrabasso & tape based on the Ion Barbu poem (1993)
Duration: 12'
Bizarmonia – instrumental theatre for 6 performers & tapes
Duration: 1h
First performance: 1998: Bucharest, PRO Musica Nova Group, Raluca Ianegic – choreography, Laurentia Barbu – dancer, Alexandru Tocilescu – stage director

VOCAL-SYMPHONIC MUSIC
Mam'sell Hus – cantata based on the verses of the Ion Barbu poem (1968)
Duration: 20'
First performance: 12 February 1970: Bucharest, Radio Orchestra (conducted by Emanuel Elenescu)
Instruments: 3(1), 3(1), 3(1), 3(1); 4, 3, 3, 1; piano, cel., vibr., 2 glocks, campane, silorimba, timp., perc. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; strings; 3 solo voices (bass-bariton)
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1977
Recorded: Bucharest: ELECTRECORD ST-ECE 01924, 1977 and ADA-UCMR 03L065030, 2003 ("Moldova" Philharmonic Orchestra of Iasi conducted by Ion Baciu; soloists Ion Budoiu, Pompei Harasteanu, Lucian Marinescu)
The Ballad Symphony: I. Pintea the Brave (1964) II. The Lad and the Horse (1978) III. Gheorghilas – folk verses (1978)
Duration: 28'
First performance: 1964: Targu Mures, Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Remus Georgescu); 1979: Bucharest, Philharmony "George Enescu" (conducted by Mircea Basarab)
Instruments: 1, 1, 1, 1; 1, 1, 1; timp., perc. I – gr.c., trgl., camplli, frusta, w-block, perc. II – sil., pf.; arpa; strings; mixed choir; soloists: tenor, bariton
Oratorio for male choir, tenor & soprano solo and electronic music – on texts by the Evangel of Thomas (1998)
First performance: 2002: Bucharest, Male Choir of the Romanian Radio (conducted by Dan Goia; soloists Liana Podlovski & Marian Somesan)


CHAMBER MUSIC
Pieces for piano (1961)
Duration: 10'
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1964
Ostinato for piano solo (1962)
Duration: 8'
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 2003
Sonata for 2 pianos (1963)
Duration: 14'
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1978
Seven Psalms for baryton, piano & percussion based on Tudor Arghezi verses (1965)
Duration: 20'
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1969
Recorded: Bucharest: ELECTRECORD ST-ECE 02947, 1984
Cantus-Firmus (PHTORA III) for keyboard instrument(s) and "n" other differrent instruments (voices) (1970)
Duration: 15' apr.
Recorded: Bucharest, Muzica 2001, CD--4AF232508158, 2004
Vagues (Waves) for piano, violin, viola, v-cello, clarinetto & percussion (1972)
Duration: 13'
First performance: July 1972: Darmstadt, Ferienkurse fur Neue Music, Formaţia "Musica Nova" Group of Bucharest
Recorded: Attacca Babel Holland: CD.9265-4 ADD, 1992
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 2005
Melopedia & Fuga for basson solo (1981)
Duration: 5'
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1998
Rhythmodia – Concerto for percussion solo (1982)
Duration: 18'
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1989 & Zurich: Carciofoli Verlagshaus, CH 1994
* Score
K-N-Comment – 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 for fl., chamber group, clar, sax, oboe & tape
Duration: 8'
Madrigals & Drums – for voice, piano & percussion (2001)
Duration: 15'
First performance: May 2001, Bucharest by "Trio Contrast" Timisoara
Bowstring – for solo violin (2002)
Durata: 15'
First performance: December 2002, Bucharest (by Diana Mos)
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 2005

ELECTRONIC & TAPE MUSIC

SOLILOQUE I – play back (1971)
Recorded: Bucharest, Muzica 2001, CD--4AF232508158, 2004
SOLILOQUE II "Jubilatio" – play back (1983)
SOLILOQUE IV "Reverberations" – play back (1984)
Recorded: Bucharest, Muzica 2001, CD--4AF232508158, 2004, Traiect Ensemble (conducted by Sorin Lerescu)
SIN – Euphonia (1986)
Duration: 32'
First performance: 12 March 1987: Bucharest
EKSTASIS 256/n (1997)
Duration: 13' 30 ''
First performance: 9 May 1997: Bourges

VOCAL & CHORAL MUSIC
8 Madrigals for choir a cappella – folk verses (1968)
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1972
From the children's world – for children's chorus (1980)
Duration: 7'


DIDACTIC MUSIC
9 Miniatures for piano & 5 Miniatures for violin and piano
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1980
3 Pentatonic pieces (Trio Sonatina) for fl.(ob.,cl.,trp.) & piano (1982)

BOOKS
Interrelations
I. New dimensions of orality in the musical practice II. Contributions to a systhemic theory III. Interrelations
Edited: Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 1984. sus