- Laura Otilia Vasiliu
(b Bucharest, April 22, 1927). Romanian composer and musicologist. Pascal Bentoiu draws contemporary attention through his allegiance to classical values in European culture, which is reflected in his compositional output through qualities such as rigour, coherence, symphonic breadth, a universal subject matter, and an affinity to classical modernism. This preference comes in contrast to the generation he is part of, the second after Enescu, whose members (including Anatol Vieru, Ștefan Niculescu, Tiberiu Olah, Miriam Marbe, Aurel Stroe, and Cornel Țăranu) had committed themselves to revolutionising the language and aesthetics of music in Romania. Born to an intellectual bourgeois family of genuine cultural heritage and preoccupation, he was able to benefit from an exceptional education, where German literature and the German language played a leading role, seconded by the study of painting, the violin, the piano, and musical theory. His classical studies, completed at the famous Bucharest College of ‘Saint Sava’ with commendations in Latin and Greek, were complemented by a reading list featuring Saint Augustin, Tacitus, and Virgil, while his mastery of the French language came as a matter of course. This was the outline of a young humanist intellectual, whose level would have even satisfied the standards of the peaking interbellum years....