- Viorel Cosma
(b Ploieşti, Feb 28, 1913; d Bucharest, April 18, 2010). Romanian ethnomusicologist. She studied with Alessandrescu, Brăiloiu, Breazul and Chirescu at the Bucharest Conservatory (1933–7), and in the sociology faculty of Bucharest University (1942–3). She was a research worker at the Arhiva de Folclor (1935–49), a secondary school teacher in Bucharest and Ploieşti (1942–9), professor of folklore at the Bucharest Academy (1949–76), a scientific researcher at the Bucharest Institute for Folklore (1949–64) and Institute for South-East European Studies (1967–74) and professor of music at Timişoara University (1992–4). She collected more than 9000 Romanian folksongs, both in Romania and from Romanians living abroad and used them as the basis for transcriptions and thoroughly documented studies, which aimed to promote the aesthetic value of Romanian folk music. She wrote the biography of Constantin Brăiloiu (...