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date: 22 October 2019

Ioachimescu, Călinlocked

  • Octavian Cosma
  • , revised by Valentina Sandu-Dediu

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(b Bucharest, Romania, March 29, 1949). Romanian composer. After studying composition with Niculescu at the Bucharest Conservatory, he graduated in 1975 and became a sound engineer at Romanian Radio-Television in 1980. As well as attending classes in Darmstadt in 1980 and 1984 (where he was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis, 1984), Ioachimescu refined his electronic techniques at (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) (IRCAM) in Paris, taking a computer music course there in 1985. He was founder and director of the electro-acoustic music studio of the Romanian Composer’s Union (1991–2010).

Călin Ioachimescu has transformed the laws of acoustics, psychoacoustics, and electro-acoustics into laws of composition that determine musical form. He has preferred to combine the natural-instrumental timbre with the artificial-electronic one (Oratio II, Celliphonia, and Musique spectrale), but he has also written music for purely instrumental ensembles in the same professional and perfectionist manner (Palindrom/7 and his Concertos for saxophone, flute, and cello). Live-electronic improvisation and advanced PC programmes for the digital handling of sound are some of the techniques Ioachimescu has painstakingly developed. But beyond this preoccupation with method there lies a genuinely talented composer who has also pondered the communicative and persuasive power of his music. He argues that through applying research into the analysis and synthesis of sound to composition, one can reach a “new consonance” in the composer-performer-listener relationships....

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