Odăgescu [Odăgescu-Ţuţuianu], Irina
- Octavian Cosma
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(b Bucharest, Romania, May 23, 1937). Romanian composer. She graduated from the Music Conservatory in Bucharest, studying composition under the guidance of Alfred Mendelsohn and Tiberiu Olah (1957–63). Since 1967, she has taught score-reading at the Bucharest University of Music. She obtained various national and international prizes, including the silver medal at the International Contest for Polyphonic Music in Ibague-Columbia, 1981, the “Global Music Days” prize in Graz, 1982 (for the choral piece De doi (‘Of Twos’)), and the medal and diploma at the ‘Viotti-Valsesia Vercelli-Italia’ composition contest, 1982. Her music is played in both Romania and abroad (the piece Youth everlasting and life without end was commissioned by the London Schubert Players and had it’s première in London, in 2005). She obtained the PhD in musicology from the National University of Music Bucharest. Her compositions blend European traditions with more modern techniques. Her music has oscillated between a chromatically-enhanced modal, serial language and aleatory technique. Especially in the genre of the ample choral poem, strongly dramatized, she managed to create a personal style apparent in the melodic characteristics (influenced by the Romanian folk ethos and the Byzantine ethos), the choices at the level of harmonic and polyphonic writing and the inventiveness of instrumentation. Odăgescu’s writings include didactic books on score-reading....