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date: 22 August 2019

Tăutu, Cornelialocked

  • Octavian Cosma
  • , revised by Antigona Rădulescu

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(b Odorhei, Harghita, March 10, 1938). Romanian composer. After studying composition with Mihail Jora and education at the Bucharest Academy (1960–5 pedagogics, 1963–7 composition) she was a researcher at the Institute of Ethnological and Dialectological Research Institute in Bucharest (1965–5) and editor at Editura Muzicală. Tăutu continued her composition studies with Raoul Pleskov at Long Island University, New York (1971–2). With its blend of modal harmony and rich chromaticism, her music, centred on symphonic, chamber, and choral genres, gains a sense of balance from the subtle interplay of introverted and expansive sonorities. A connoisseur of folklore, she rebuilds sonic worlds that are infused with the character and discursive structures of a musical basis of archaic tradition. From here, her experiments with instrumental colours and textures were directed towards the goals of simplicity, balance, and economy of means. Since the 1970s, her interest moved towards film and theatre music. She composed various soundtracks for important Romanian cinematic works, for which she received numerous distinctions....

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